It’s a good report but we need a firm strategy for A&E too

Nigel Edwards
Publication:  The Independent
Reference:  13 Novembver 2013

NHS England’s review of urgent and emergency care is a very sensible report and it has the potential to deal with many of the issues in A&E, but it is worth remembering that quite a lot of the problems are actually symptoms of wider issues – how care is provided to frail, older people with complex medical conditions, and how to discharge these people from hospital in a more timely manner. It’s about the back door of the hospital as well as the front door.

The logic for two different levels of A&E is pretty unassailable. There are indeed a number of places that call themselves A&E departments, which aren’t really A&Es in the way most people understand them.

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