Views And Reviews

Personal View Accident and emergency attendances: a barometer of fear

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6923.278 (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:278
  1. S J McGovern

    The upsurge in sectarian violence in Northern Ireland has led to much unnecessary grief and suffering; politicians fail to find words to describe the almost daily atrocities. The theatre of murder has become a fishmonger's, a public house, a farmyard. Ordinary people doing ordinary things are dying in an extraordinary way. Accident and emergency departments in Belfast are no strangers to the victims of terrorist crime but the intensity of this latest wave is of a magnitude not seen for almost 20 years. All accident and emergency units have well worked major incident plans which all too often recently have become reality.

    In many Belfast hospitals there are bereavement groups of nurses and doctors who visit the relatives of those who have died in the accident and emergency department. These visits, …

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