A&E Care Must Remain Accessible to all Patients, Surgeons Say
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Edinburgh/Birmingham – 14 November, 2013 – Commenting on NHS England's Urgent and Emergency Care report by Sir Bruce Keogh, Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), the UK’s oldest surgical Royal College, said:
“I welcome the much-needed review of the future of accident and emergency (A&E) care in England. The way that NHS England delivers A&E services has to change to meet the increasing and complex health needs of our communities. But, to achieve change there will have to be a re-distribution of resources, which is likely to be unpopular as recent plans for reconfiguration of NHS services and consequent A&E closures are proving. A&E services must also continue to be accessible to all patients, and I am concerned that the review does not take into account where patient triage sits in the proposed new structure.
“RCSEd will contribute to developing solutions such as the new model of trauma care for Scotland that we proposed last year, which recommended focusing major trauma care on a smaller number of dedicated centres. I look forward to the next steps for the NHS England review of A&E services that will be to determine exactly what the new service could look like. This should also include considering how medical training can deliver care to meet the future needs of patients and the health service.”
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