Medicopolitical Digest

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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1627
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    UK emergency services need priority

    The British government must continue to give emergency care services a high priority and make the best use of new technology.

    In a joint report on dealing with the problems of the rise in emergency admissions the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the NHS Confederation say that “in the final analysis people judge the NHS by how well it responds when they are in the greatest need.”

    The report comments that although emergency admissions have been increasing with sudden peaks in demand, particularly during the winter, there was now evidence that the winter pressures were extending into the rest of the year. There was a 9.9% increase in general and acute emergency admissions between 1991–2 and 1995-6—amounting to 920 new emergency admissions every day.

    The RCP and the confederation set up a working group, chaired by Professor Michael Sheppard, professor of medicine at the University of Birmingham, to look at the implications of the rise in admissions and suggest possible solutions.

    Results NHSE Should Collate

    The report welcomes the additional non-recurring £300m in 1997–8 to help …

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