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Sixty seconds on . . . placing GPs in hospital emergency departments

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2315 (Published 26 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2315
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Lots of patients attend hospital emergency departments with ailments their GP could have treated. Are they wrong?

Tsk! Patients are never wrong. The service has to adjust to what they want, not vice versa.

Then let’s put a GP in every emergency department

Good idea, on the face of it. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine backed it in a 2014 report, and the college’s president, Clifford Mann, called the argument “compelling.”1 Many emergency departments have followed the advice. …

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