Government paints too rosy a picture of A&E, report saysBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.990 (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:990
The UK government's claim that waits of more than 24 hours in accident and emergency (A&E) departments have been eliminated is not true, a report from the British Medical Association says this week.
And the latest initiatives to tackle long waits will do little to resolve the main cause of the problem: insufficient numbers of staff and too few inpatient beds.
That is the message from a survey conducted by the BMA and the British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine in July. It asked 549 consultants working in A&E departments in the United Kingdom to comment on their experience of how long and why patients …