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Senior consultant warns against indiscriminate closures of emergency departments

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5283 (Published 28 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5283
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

One of England’s most senior urgent and emergency care consultants has warned against indiscriminate closures of emergency departments driven by chronic staff shortages.

Several NHS trusts1 2 3 have taken the decision to close or downgrade emergency departments this year owing to a shortage of staff, as the NHS’s performance against key targets, such as percentage of patients seen within four hours in hospital emergency departments, continues to fall amid steadily rising demand.4

Clifford Mann, the former president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine who was recently appointed as the clinical lead for NHS England’s Accident and Emergency …

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