Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A&E campaigns 'will cost lives'

Many people have protested against NHS cuts

Campaigns to save local A&E departments from closure could lead to more than 1,000 unnecessary deaths each year, a report has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said specialist units were better placed than local hospitals to deal with high-risk patients.

The report comes as Tony Blair is due to urge managers to make the case for reorganising NHS services in England.

There was an interview on Radio 5 in  support of this BUT there was an admission that the
"new wave" of A&E services in G.P's and the community, obviously the responsibility of
the PCT's have not been set up yet and there are no funds to do so, so where do you go for
your A&E treatment.....................Your Local Hospital................where else is there?