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Emergency in emergency care?

The RCN and Department of Health are among those to respond to Commons Health Committee inquiry into emergency care pressures.

The RCN and Department of Health are among those to respond to a Commons Health Committee inquiry into emergency care pressures

Each year, emergency care services brace themselves for so-called ‘winter pressures’, and the challenge of maintaining regular service in hospitals hits the headlines.

An increase in acutely unwell patients at this time of year – with a higher mortality rate than seen in other seasons – throws a spotlight on a system that many argue is at breaking point.

Plan of action evidence

Now, the RCN, along with the Department of Health (DH) and others, has submitted evidence to a Commons’ inquiry into planning for the winter pressures on emergency departments (EDs).

‘Across England, the acute sector is buckling under the strain of financial pressures and increased demand for services,’ writes the RCN.

‘It is clear that the pressure is

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