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BBC Local Radio A&E waiting is worst for a decade

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Gail Beer, Director of Operations at 2020health, spoke to several BBC local radio about todays A&E figures. Gail's main point was the need to look at whats behind the figures before coming to any conclusion and to focus on outcomes for patients rather than just the time within which they are treated. Gail discussed how the complexity of the system makes it hard to give just one cause of the rise in A&E waiting times, as it varies from hospital to hospital. And how it is often about how well hospitals discharge patients as well as how efficiently they admit them. Gail highlighted the need to rethink how urgent and emergency care are provided and make better use of other professions such as as nurses and pharmacists.