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'Nurses are concerned that the public misunderstand A&E'

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the public are blamed for overcrowding A&E in the UK but there are at least two problems here. 1. there are no suitable alternatives such as 24 hour walk inc cinics as elsewhere and lack of immediate appointments 24/24 with GPs 2. the sick are not there for the convenience of the health services. it is actually the other way round and people can't always hang around in their own homes waiting for call backs if the only means of getting to the hospital is dependent upoin the timetables of often very poor publiic transport services and may also be the last thing people want if they are sick or injured, but not sufficiently so to call an ambulance, and taxis except in a real emergency can be a very costly alternative. Just waiting for a bus in the freezing damp for an hour to get to a supermarket when the serivice is advertised for every 20 miinutes will tell you this! It is not alway possible to rely on neighbours and many, especially the elderly living on their own, who have relatives, they may not live nearby. I wonder if staff just realise how it can feel for patients who are ill, had an accident or are worried and if they cannot get adequate, timely and caring attention this just exerbates their condiiton.

Posted date

27 August, 2012

Posted time

11:07 am

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