College of Emergency Medicine: "85% of visits to A&E departments are justified - only 15% are not"
The perception that A&E departments are overflowing with time-wasters is false, viagra says the College of Emergency Medicine, ailment the Royal College representing consultants in Accident and Emergency departments. These doctors are the most skilled diagnosticians in the NHS. A press statement published on 22nd May 2014 summarized the findings of a specially commissioned research which showed that 85% of patients attending A&E departments did indeed require assessment by EM consultants, malady as their symptoms were potentially serious. They could not be redirected at first instance to a GP working in an Urgent Care Centre or in the community.
Those least likely to need A&E care were the young - children and babies with minor symptoms. Those most likely to need A&E care and unsuitable for redirection were the elderly, with complex and often chronic problems.
This finding challenges the often-quoted figure that "40% of patients attending A&E departments are discharged requiring no treatment" - the difference is, of course, the expert assessment by Emergency consultants.
The press release is reproduced in full below:
EU-TIPP negotiations: Update
On the last day (30th June) available to submit a reply to the Public Consultation at the EU Trade Commission, pilule I have finally done so!
The questionnaire consists of 12 detailed questions about specific aspects of the proposals, shop and a final question about "general comments".
I refused to answer the detailed questions, case which presuppose that you accept the validity of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which of course we do not. So I answered "No ISDS - see question 13" to each and every question up to No 13.
For No 13, the rejection was confined to elaborating three simple propositions:
1) ISDS forces governments to use taxpayer funds to compensate corporations for public health, environmental, labour and other public interest policies and government actions
2) ISDS undermines democratic decision-making
3) European and US legal systems are capable of handling investment disputes
PLEASE SEE THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN "RELATED ISSUES" - EU-TIPP NEGOTIATIONS
The current STP is the Oct 2016 version. In January 2017 the finance spreadsheets and the Delivery Plan were obtained by FOI. They reveal job cuts of 8,000, outpatients cuts of 222K, planned admissions cuts of 50K and A&E admissions cuts of 64K cumulatively by 2020/21. 500-600 beds will be cut by end March 2021.
People's Inquiry into NW London NHS - commission chaired by Michael Mansfield QC
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