NHS hospital stays among the over 75s have risen by 66% in the past decade, according to data from the NHS Information Centre.

The figures also revealed that stays for people aged 60 to 74 rose by 50%.

People aged 60 and older accounted for more hospital stays than any other age group in 2009/10, and more than three times the number of stays among the under 14s.

Medical advances and more sophisticated treatments, however, have decreased the average length of stay from 15 days to ten.

Tim Straughan, NHS Information Centre chief executive, said it was clear that the effects of England’s aging population are being felt in secondary care.

“The figures also show that while more and more older people are being admitted to hospital, the average time they spend as an inpatient is falling,” Straughan added.