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English emergency care varies widely, commission finds

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7513.365 (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:365
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Wide variations in the quality of clinical care in England's 200 emergency units have been identified in a new report from the Healthcare Commission. Although all trusts had met the government's target for the end of 2004—of 90% of patients being admitted or discharged within four hours—the report warns that many trusts are struggling with the government's higher target of no patients spending more than four hours in the department.

    “This report suggests serious variations in the quality of care. Monitoring standards of quality must become a core part of the day to day management of these units,” said Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission. “[Emergency] …

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