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Scottish emergency departments struggle under increased pressure

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4499 (Published 17 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4499
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. 1London

    Patients in Scotland are happy with the emergency care they receive, but hospital accident and emergency departments are struggling under the pressure of increased attendances, a report from Audit Scotland warns.

    The report, published last week, says that four in five patients rated the care they received as excellent or very good. However, in the past decade the number of attendances at emergency departments in Scotland has risen by 9%, from 1.39 million in 1999-2000 to 1.52 million in 2008-9.

    It says that most attendances were self …

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