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Nationwide review of A&E

18th January 2013

A review of A&E services across the NHS is set to take place.

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With concerns over a “fragmented” service and rising patient numbers, the NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has announced he will lead a review of the model of urgent and services.

Senior medical professionals fear the level of care – particularly at nights and weekends – is becoming unsafe and one way to address this is to close smaller units and concentrate resources in bigger departments.

The NHS Commissioning Board has said Sir Bruce’s review will "set out proposals for the best way of organising care to meet the needs of patients".

Sir Bruce said: “Treatments for many common conditions such as heart attacks and strokes have evolved considerably over the last decade and are now best treated in specialist centres. Yet we know people want their A&E nearby.

“This makes me think we need to review the increasingly complex and fragmented system of urgent and emergency care, so that sick, anxious and often frightened people can get what they need when they need it.”

Sir Richard Thompson, president of Royal College of Physicians, said change was needed and added that the RCP was worried that hospitals were struggling to cope with the challenge of an ageing population and increasing hospital admissions.

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar said that “no change” was not an option.

However, the National Health Action Party has warned the closure of an A&E department was often the “death knell” for a hospital.

 

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Anonymous

Saturday 19th January 2013 @ 16:59

sir,

Though `No action` is not an option, as the National Health Action Party has warned, not only the closure of the A&Es would often be a "death knell" for a hospital, but it will also be a great blow to the needy patients.


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