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Delayed discharge is 'existential threat' to emergency medicine

from National Health Executive

Unnecessary delays in discharging patients pose an “existential threat” to emergency medicine, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has warned after the chief executive of NHS England admitted that the problem may not be dealt with for four years. A recent National Audit Office (NAO) report found that the problem has been severely underestimated and delayed transfers of elderly patients have increased by 31 percent in the past two years. more

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