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End “perverse” payment system that penalises emergency departments, says college

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4875
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Two bodies that represent the interests of patients who need emergency care have called for an end to what they have called the “perverse” incentives that penalise hospital emergency departments that host “front end” primary care teams.

The College of Emergency Medicine and Urgent Health UK, the federation of social enterprises that provide unscheduled primary care, have said that the NHS tariff system is stifling innovation in this area. They said that the way the tariff was set for emergency care meant that emergency departments were a drain on hospital finances and that hospitals had to subsidise these …

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