Letters Darzi centres

Flawed assumptions have hampered emergency care

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6852 (Published 30 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6852
  1. John R Heyworth, consultant in emergency medicine1
  1. 1College of Emergency Medicine, London, UK
  1. prescem{at}gmail.com

The demise of the polyclinic is predictable given the largely evidence-free nature of this initiative.1 Much of the pressure to impose these models was predicated on the incorrect assumption that 60% of emergency department attendances are “primary care.” The College of Emergency Medicine advised repeatedly that this figure was …

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