Shortage of emergency doctors will take eight years to rectify

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:994
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. London

    More than 96% of patients now spend fewer than four hours in accident and emergency departments, says an interim report, on progress in reforming NHS emergency care. In a briefing held earlier this week, Professor George Alberti, national director for emergency access, added that the figure will reach 98% by the end of the year.

    Central to this achievement, he said, had been the collection of better information about the causes of waiting times—specifically, shortages of beds and specialists, and delays in diagnostic testing. Tackling these should bring still more improvements.

    The present strategy was …

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