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Doctors call for long term solutions to pressure on emergency departments

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1652 (Published 25 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1652
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Nearly a third (29%) of doctors who took part in a BMA survey have experienced a “black alert” in the past three months—issued when a hospital reaches capacity and has to turn away patients—up from 7% of doctors in the same period last year. Nearly half (48%) of the respondents have experienced breaches in accident and emergency targets, the survey found.

The findings were based on 512 replies from an online panel of doctors run by the BMA, who completed the survey between 13 …

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