Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Closing A&E departments lengthens a patient's ambulance  journey by nine minutes

Closing A&E departments lengthens a patient's ambulance  journey by nine minutes Paramedics take an extra nine minutes to get patients to hospital in areas where A&E departments have been shut or downgraded.

That's the finding of new research, which says NHS cut-backs are causing 'disruption' and 'anxiety' for people who are forced to travel longer distances to get urgent care.

The study, published in Health Services and Delivery Research on Tuesday, is the first of its kind to look into the impact of closures on both patients and emergency services. The Daily Mail

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