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Surgeons will not want jobs in hospitals that do not do emergency surgery

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1672
  1. Russell Hopkins
  1. Chairman Glan-y-Mor NHS Trust, Swansea SA1 5AS

    EDITOR,—Proposals to rationalise the delivery of accident and emergency, trauma, and emergency surgery have a good clinical basis and are a response to the pressures of junior staffing, hours of work, and cost effective care. Many advantages accrue to patients, staff, and the delivery of services when a hospital's routine does not have to accommodate emergency surgery. Patients sleep better, and theatre lists can be …

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