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Government unveils new approach to emergency care

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:69
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Fewer people calling 999 in the United Kingdom will be taken to emergency departments for treatment in future, under government plans announced last week.

    A review of the ambulance service recommends instead that more patients be treated at home by new “super paramedics” who will be trained to the same level as nurses. More patients should also be dealt with over the phone and referred to appropriate services such as GP services, both in and out of hours, or an emergency nurse service.

    The health minister Norman Warner said the changes could prevent at least one million attendances at emergency departments each year: “People, by and …

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