BMA suggests ways to end long waits in casualty departments

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:646

More emergency admissions units should be set up to avoid a repeat of last winter's crisis, when many patients experienced lengthy waits on trolleys in accident and emergency departments, says the BMA.

A report on accident and emergency services produced by a working party of the BMA's central consulants and specialists committee also calls for greater use of telephone triage to sift out the patients who would be more appropriately seen in primary care. Other proposals include a greater use of nurse practitioners to treat minor injuries and prioritise those needing medical attention, and new procedures …

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