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Emergency nurse practitioners needed to avert A&E 'crisis'


Many A&E Depts. are small, offering a limited range of clinical experience and lacking in support such as 24 hour on site CT scanning. These departments will never be attractive to prospective Consultants. Increasing the number of Nurse Practitioners will not alter the status of these small and professionally unattractive units but will ensure patients with minor illness/injury are seen and treated sooner. Keeping these small and badly staffed units open and continuing to call them A&E departments is irresponsible and potentially criminally negligent. "Out of hours" services do require urgent consideration. Many patients feel they have no options other than to attend A&E as they find accessing "emergency" GP care almost impossible.

Posted date

4 October, 2012

Posted time

4:54 am