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'No long-term evidence' backing GP streaming in A&E, says leading GP

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Dear All, Correct, there never has been any, not in 30 years of repeated attempts to do this. The only way to deal with the perceived problem with A/E is to abandon the 48 hr target. Everywhere in the NHS care is rationed EXCEPT in A/e where no matter what you've got or had wrong with you you are garuanteed to be sorted out in 4 hrs. So that 3 months itching bottom or that pesky verruca will have a doctor staring at it within 4 hrs no matter what time of day you turn up. And then of course the clinical safety mentality sets up uber cautious protocls that require every test under the sun to be done before teh doctor starts staring and hey ho the patients love it, no wonder they turn up in their hordes. Until the 4 hr target is ditched there will be no solution. What is needed is triage with an option for disposal to the "end of the queue with no guarantee when your bottom will be seen". Regards Paul C

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21 Nov 2017

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