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Non-hospital care seen as key to easing demands on emergency services

NHS Long Term Plan pledges investment in fully-integrated community care, but doubts over its implementation remain
Emergency care long term plan

NHS Long Term Plan pledges investment in fully-integrated community care, but doubts over its implementation remain

The NHS Long Term Plan is full of praise for emergency care. It says it is to the credit of staff that they have been able to cope with the rising number of patients in the way they have.

100,000

more patients a month treated by the emergency department within four hours than five years ago

Source: NHS Long Term Plan

The number of people being successfully treated within four hours is 100,000 a month higher than it was five years ago.

But performance against the four-hour target, which measures the proportion not the total number, has dropped.

The plan says this shows that change is needed – that emergency care requires help from the wider system if

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