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Blair says patients will have to travel further for specialist care

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39056.600475.DB (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1187
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Prime Minister Tony Blair warned this week that patients in England would have to get used to travelling beyond their local emergency department for the specialist care they need.

    Speaking at the launch of the Primary Care Trust Network, a membership organisation for the 152 primary care trusts in England, he referred to two reports published this week that call for further changes to the health service—this time to emergency heart and stroke services.

    George Alberti, the national clinical director for emergency care, and Roger Boyle, national clinical director for heart disease and stroke, argue in their reports that traditional emergency departments are not the only option in life and death situations. Mr …

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