Our A&E departments don’t have the problems faced by A&E departments in the UK, but here’s an interesting suggestion from the UK in this area: have GPs and support staff on duty to deal with patients who do not need emergency treatment. And charge and charge those who use this facility. Still would be cheaper than getting doctor to make house call at midnight.
The Times reports on a survey of doctors that suggests most believe GP surgeries should be placed in A&E departments to deal with patients who do not need emergency treatment.
The study of more than 500 doctors by the Press Association found most believed such a move was necessary to relieve the pressure on A&E.