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Dictated versus hand-written accident and emergency discharge documents
  1. C A Walker
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Craig A Walker
 Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, Scotland; dr.walker{at}

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New attendances at emergency departments in the UK continue to increase. There were 11.3 million new attendances in 1981, rising to 16 million in 1999. 1 Combined with the government’s drive to reduce waiting times, this has resulted in considerable strain being placed on doctors to see, treat and discharge or admit patients quickly, while maintaining accurate records.

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