Government paints too rosy a picture of A&E, report says

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:990

The UK government's claim that waits of more than 24 hours in accident and emergency (A&E) departments have been eliminated is not true, a report from the British Medical Association says this week.

And the latest initiatives to tackle long waits will do little to resolve the main cause of the problem: insufficient numbers of staff and too few inpatient beds.

That is the message from a survey conducted by the BMA and the British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine in July. It asked 549 consultants working in A&E departments in the United Kingdom to comment on their experience of how long and why patients …

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