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‘Insufficient evidence’ that diverting patients from A&E curbs overcrowding


it’s multifactorial - rising population - rising elderly population - increased patient expectations - decreased acceptance of personal responsibility for health - noctors attending acute visit requests in primary care - the slow death of general practice, thus... - dearth of GP appointments - A&E doctors bogged down in red tape (I rattled through 50 patients per shift on a wing & a prayer in the 90s, now they rarely hit double figures) - fear of litigation (safety first, pass the buck) - too few hospital beds - spending not kept up with NHS inflation (real term cuts) - decimated OOH services -trigger happy NHS111 Etc etc etc wonder a single fix failed to work.

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28 Nov 2018

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