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See and Treat: a management driven method of achieving targets or a tool for better patient care? One size does not fit all
  1. A M Leaman
  1. Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust, Telford TF1 6TF, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr A M Leaman; 

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We were very grateful to Leaman for his contribution that forms the first part of this debate. He is voicing concerns of many on the front line of A&E feel and we acknowledge his forthright and courageous approach. Equally it can be easy to criticise but difficult to be constructive, especially in such an arduous task as improving the UK emergency care system. We therefore have invited responses to the issues raised in the hope of stimulating debate on these critical issues for emergency care in the UK. We thank all the authors in this section for their hard work and well argued contributions to this debate.


For anyone still uncertain about the concept, See and Treat is a process whereby patients with minor conditions are seen soon after they arrive in A&E by a senior clinician. Providing they have an appropriate problem such patients are given their definitive treatment straightaway and can then be discharged.

The Department of Health is very anxious that all A&E departments should adopt See and …

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