Plans Announced for a Two-tier A&E in the NHS

Plans Announced for a Two-tier A&E in the NHS

A two-tier A&E system should be introduced in England as part of an NHS service shake-up according to NHS chiefs.
The review conducted by NHS England recommended that the biggest units which specialise in heart attacks strokes and trauma – be labelled major emergency centres.
The review also suggests introducing changes to the way that 111 phone service and ambulance crews work in order to “decongest” A&E Departments.
The review calls for co-ordination between community services such as GPs and pharmacists which would help the crisis.
These measures have been suggested in an to attempt to ease the increasing pressure on the A&E departments.
The number of NHS patients has increased by 50% over the past decade and due to winter complications the NHS missed their targets of four-hour waiting times.
Due to the strain that the winter puts on the NHS more money has been put aside for the NHS to try and combat these problems.
The review is part of a long-term plan for the service.
The review has looked into 40 to 70 A&E units to be used as major centres; these will include specialist services for heart attack trauma stroke and critically ill children.
The rest of the 70 to 100 units will be designated emergency centres who will primarily deal with the less seriously ill patients.
Over the next 6 months the consultation and review team will be looking into the cost and staffing implications before creating another report in spring.
It is set to be three to five years before the overhaul of the NHS is completed.

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