Emergency delays need urgent attention

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:283

Nearly one in five patients needing emergency treatment in British hospitals experience a delay in admission, says a report from the Clinical Standards Advisory Group published last week. In just over 40% of cases the delay was due to a lack of beds, but in one in six cases it was due to no doctors being available. In some hospitals only a third of patients seen as emergencies were admitted to a bed within four hours. The worst delays were seen in the four Thames health regions and the three regions bordering Greater London.

The Clinical Standards Advisory Group, an independent expert body set up to advise the government on standards …

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