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Who’s to blame for overcrowding in accident and emergency departments?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2871 (Published 07 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2871

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Re: Who’s to blame for overcrowding in accident and emergency departments?

Spot on Des!

Your last two paras sum up well what could be acceptable and affordable if money was able to be transferred from the high-cost
hospital service to the much needed and lower cost walk-in and telephone triage-plus-morning-slot facility you mention.

The same goes for the need to transfer money from the one-in-four blocked acute
beds, to a community care facility that those waiting, mainly
elderly, patients both need and want.

In both cases mentioned above, in money terms, you'd get roughly three
appropriately cared for and satisfied customers for the price of one -
not to mention the social and psychological benefits.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 May 2013
Mike V Smith
Retired
Acting Chairman Patients Associatrion
P O Box 935 Harrow Middx HA1 3YJ