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Community matrons play a valuable role

Community matrons can and are cutting acute admission rates and much of Professor Boaden's argument is out of date.

Having initially been a sceptic, I am now a convert. Our present community matron has been in post just over a year and over this period our acute admission rate has dropped drastically.

I cannot believe this is a coincidence.

Other practices in our locality have had similar experiences.

Community matrons will never cut admissions where they are parachuted into inappropriate and unsupportive environments, but given the right back-up, they have a major contribution to make in keeping patients out of hospital.

From Dr Andy McElligott, Bradford

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