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Should emergency medical technicians be considered for the role of the emergency care practitioner?
  1. M Halter1,
  2. T Marlow2,
  3. D Jackson3,
  4. F Moore4,
  5. B Postance5
  1. 1Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University/St George’s, University of London, London, UK
  2. 2London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, London
  3. 3Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University/St George’s
  4. 4London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  5. 5Community Services Development, Surbiton, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 M Halter
 Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University/St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK; mhalter{at}hscs.sgul.ac.uk

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We enjoyed a recent discussion in this journal about the evaluation of the role of the emergency care practitioner (ECP).1,2 In the UK, 77% of ECPs are paramedics and most of the remainder are nurses,2 although studies report them as a homogeneous group. We also find differences within ECPs interesting, particularly as ECPs in London have also been recruited from emergency …

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