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Pressure on emergency departments is having serious knock-on effect on hospital doctors’ work, conference hears

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1454 (Published 13 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1454
  1. Kate Adlington
  1. 1The BMJ

Physicians must have a central role in solving the current crisis facing the NHS, Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, told the college’s annual conference in Harrogate on Thursday 12 March.

Speaking in the opening plenary session, Dacre warned that the increasing number of patients coming through acute medical units was creating a “siege mentality” and could “lead to poorer care” and longer stays in hospital. Yet with the focus on urgent and emergency care services, she warned that “the physicians’ story” was not being heard.

A straw poll of the audience of 450 international delegates spanning 30 different medical specialties indicated that many had …

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