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Sky News Downturn in A&E performance

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Gail Beer, Director of Operations at 2020health discussed the downturn in A&E performance over the last few weeks.

Gail said "the A&E crisis is a symptom of what’s wrong in other parts of the system. People are not using primary care as effectively as we would wish, for any number of reasons, and there are continuous problems discharging people, particularly older patients, who need health and social support post discharge. These are manifested in a build-up of patients in the A&E. Pouring money into A&E isn’t the solution. We need to look seriously at solving the problems at both ends of the hospital. Preventing presentation and discharging more effectively are essential if we are to relieve pressure."