Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Urgent and emergency care is in crisis action is needed now

Urgent and emergency care is in crisis action is needed now Political parties take the issues seriously but NHS is running out of time.

Why dont we charge people who go to A&E?
How to reduce the pressure on A&E departments

Urgent and emergency care (UEC) needs some urgent and emergency care. A victim of its own success, it is facing relentless rising demand up by nearly 7% in the last five years despite programmes designed to reverse the trend.

The range of pressures on UEC has also widened. Patients coming through the doors could need anything from immediate cardiac care to emergency mental health intervention. They might also arrive with less serious needs but still be in need of immediate care, whether for physical or mental health, or in the social care sector. So-called winter pressures are no longer confined to winter this summer has been busier than last winter. Continue reading... The Guardian

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