HOLD THE FRONT PAGE!
Regular readers will probably remember that I really like the College of Emergency Medicine. Best of all they agree with me that an Accident and Emergency department needs a minimum of ten consultants to provide proper cover and be safe for patients and staff.
These are the good guys, so I’m posting their recent press release.
PRESS RELEASE 31st January 2013
The challenges facing Emergency Departments
The College of Emergency Medicine notes the various news stories featuring the pressures being experienced in Emergency Departments. These stories reinforce other recent information that shows the demands being put on staff working in Emergency Departments continues to rise and is unsustainable.
Safety of care delivery remains the top priority to maintain but unfortunately the rising numbers of patients especially out of hours (in evenings and weekends) continues to be a major challenge that requires appropriate resources and design of systems.
The College have been invited to be active participants in Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of Urgent & Emergency care. We hope the recommendations from that review can lead to sustainable change to return us to being able to deliver high quality clinical care on a consistent basis in our departments. We look forward to working closely with the Department of Health in the coming months.
About the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM)
The College of Emergency Medicine is the single authoritative body for Emergency Medicine in the UK. The College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.
The College has over 4000 fellows and members, who are doctors and consultants in Emergency Departments working in the health services in England, Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland, Eire and across the world.
So, as I said, these are the guys.
And they agree with me!
UGIMME 10 !
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