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Problem of pressure on emergency services won’t be solved overnight, government warns

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4143 (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4143
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Growing pressure on accident and emergency departments in hospitals in England could last for the foreseeable future, government officials have admitted to MPs, and there are no overnight solutions.

Health officials and the health minister Earl Howe appeared before the parliamentary health select committee on 25 June as part of its inquiry into emergency services and emergency care.

A review of urgent and emergency care review was announced in January,1 led by Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, and an evidence base for that review was published last week.

MPs asked about the ongoing review of emergency services and whether naming a broad range of 12 priorities for commissioners in …

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