Alternatives to “999” emergency service sought

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1283

Proposals for improving emergency services in England, both inside and outside hospital, emerged this week from the Department of Health as a basis for consultation.

The first set of proposals is from a review group headed by the chief medical officer, Sir Kenneth Calman, and deals with emergency care services in the community. The review was prompted by concern that existing systems of emergency care may be too focused on traditional access points, such as “999” calls, family doctors, and accident and emergency departments of hospitals. The alternatives proposed would reduce strain on these facilities.

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