AWH Backs Manifesto to “Resuscitate Emergency Care”

AWH Backs Manifesto to
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam Updated: In: Medical Negligence

AWH Solicitors Back “Resuscitate Emergency Care” Manifesto

AWH Solicitors’ Medical Negligence team has expressed strong support for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s (RCEM) “Resuscitate Emergency Care” manifesto.

RCEM’s manifesto highlights several critical areas that require urgent action to reduce the current strain on emergency care services in the UK. A recent BBC News report details how NHS waiting times are exceeding recommended limits. The NHS for England reveals that:

  • In 2023 more than 150,000 patients waited more than 24 hours in A&E for a bed. Most of those waiting were elderly or frail
  • Over 250 patients awaiting admission could be dying unnecessarily each week, due to long waits in A&E.
  • More than 1.5 million patients waited 12 hours or more in major emergency departments in 2023.
  • In 2019, fewer than 15,000 patients had 24-hour waits. The 153,000 patients forced to wait 24 hours last year is a 17% increase from the year before – after a seven-fold increase between 2021 and 2022.
  • Furthermore, around one million of these patients were waiting to be admitted to a hospital bed as a decision had already been made to treat them but a bed was not available at that stage.

AWH Solicitors recognises the significant pressure emergency departments and staff are facing. Long waiting times can have a detrimental impact on patient safety. Therefore, AWH welcomes the RCEM’s manifesto to “Resuscitate Emergency Care.”

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Outlining the RCEM’s “Resuscitate Emergency Care” Manifesto

The RCEM manifesto calls for measures to:

  • Reduce overcrowding and eliminate the need for “corridor care” for patients.
  • Boost the emergency medicine workforce to ensure adequate staffing levels.
  • Guarantee reasonable access to high-quality emergency care for all patients.
  • Implement evidence-based strategies to tackle overcrowding.
  • Introduce transparent performance metrics to monitor improvement.

AWH Solicitors believes these measures are essential to ensure safe and effective emergency care for everyone. AWH Solicitors has long championed patient safety and understands the devastating consequences that can arise from under-resourced or overburdened healthcare systems.

Read the full RCEM manifesto here.

Comment from AWH’s Medical Negligence Solicitor Sophia Azam

“We see first-hand the impact that failings in emergency care can have on patients,” says Sophia Azam, medical negligence solicitor at AWH Solicitors.

‘The RCEM manifesto rightly prioritises reducing overcrowding and ensuring adequate staffing. These are crucial steps to prevent avoidable medical errors, ensuring timely, high-quality care for all.  However, we note the comment that £433 million a year has been provided since 2011-2012 on various seasonal initiatives which have been  implemented too late, spent on locums/ agency staff or  directed at the wrong issue as they have not been thoroughly tested.

Clearly, the  lessons of the past have not been learnt and often  short term measures have been  preferred with the  focus being on saving money rather than patient led priorities. We would urge for there to be a full review  to identify where  the long term impact to be on preventing the issues  from resurfacing in the future.

AWH Solicitors urges the government to place priority on improving emergency department waiting times by taking immediate action to address the challenges outlined in the RCEM manifesto. By implementing the proposed measures, we can work towards a healthcare system that places emphasis on patient safety and delivers the best possible emergency care for all.

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