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Hospitals urged to review how far key emergency staff live from work

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5674 (Published 31 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5674
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The National Patient Safety Agency has urged hospitals to look at how long it takes on-call staff to respond to emergencies, and how far away they live from their main place of work.

    The agency has also asked whether there have been any serious near miss incidents out of hours owing to delays to emergency surgery or diagnostic procedures.

    The requests were prompted by an agency advisory note, or “signal,” which was triggered by a coroner’s letter reviewed by the agency’s National Reporting and Learning Service. The review identified …

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