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Government urged to create emergency care networks


24 June 2015

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NHS Confederation urged MPs to take action now to avoid winter A&E pressures, in a new briefing released today.

They asked government to support local leaders in reshaping urgent and emergency care and provide them with adequate funding to increase the capacity of out of hospital care.

The NHS Confederation also wants urgent and emergency care networks set up to avoid duplication, an idea originally proposed by NHS England’s medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

NHS Confederation urged MPs to take action now to avoid winter A&E pressures, in a new briefing released today.

They asked government to support local leaders in reshaping urgent and emergency care and provide them with adequate funding to increase the capacity of out of hospital care.

The NHS Confederation also wants urgent and emergency care networks set up to avoid duplication, an idea originally proposed by NHS England’s medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

Dr Johnny Marshall, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, which represents 85% of NHS providers and commissioners, said: “NHS organisations need to take rapid action now if they are to change services to make sure all patients have access to good quality urgent and emergency care services. Many local organisations are already making significant progress on this but local leaders need further support from the government and national bodies, particularly NHS England, if we are to be successful across all parts of the country.”

The four-page briefing, sent to all MPs today, says making sure people have “access to the right care, in the right place at the right time” is a priority to reduce pressures on A&E. It also says that pressures in A&E are symptomatic of issues across the whole system and also affect general practice and community and mental health, so cannot be dealt with in isolation.

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