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Letter: 20 years on we face the same crisis in emergency care

Gary Jones asks how much longer we must endure the annual prospect of winter pressures on emergency departments
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Gary Jones asks how much longer we must endure the annual prospect of winter pressures on emergency departments

Here are a couple of quotations on the parlous state of our emergency departments:

‘An RCN A&E Association survey Still Waiting for a Bed shows the situation has not changed in two years. The report urges trusts to prepare for the extra pressure on beds envisaged for the winter. Meanwhile a high-level summit with all political parties and the Department of Health has been initiated to discuss the issues, highlight concerns and move to a plan to prevent a similar situation occurring next year’.

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‘Now the RCN, the Department of Health and others have submitted evidence to a Commons Health Committee inquiry into planning for winter pressures on emergency departments. For the past five years, ED winter performance against the four-hour target has been in

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