Acute and emergency care: prescribing the remedy – The College of Emergency Medicine – 16 July 2014
“We are all too aware that the urgent and emergency care system has been under pressure for some time with increasing emergency admissions, rising levels of acuity and a lack of effective alternatives to the emergency department. This growing pressure is not sustainable and there is a risk that the quality of patient care will be compromised. Significant measures are needed to avoid an annual crisis and to build a resilient system which is fit for purpose.
Given the continuing challenges experienced by patients and those working in acute and emergency care services the College of Emergency Medicine convened an emergency summit with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and the NHS Confederation. On 4th March 2014 key policy makers, opinion formers and leaders in acute healthcare were brought together to develop solutions to the challenges and to strengthen the system for future service demands.
Acute and emergency care – prescribing the remedy contains the consensus recommendations of this summit. The consensus nature of the proposals reflecting, the needs of patients whether ill or injured, the elderly and children is unique.
This report co-authored by the College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons sets out 13 recommendations for Government, national bodies, commissioners, providers, professional bodies and clinicians, to take forward at local and national levels. Implementing these measures will help build an urgent and emergency care system that is sustainable and resilient to cope with future service demands.”