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Geoff Hughes takes a hard and thoughtful look at the recently published document from the National Audit Office called ‘Transforming NHS Ambulance Services’ and provides a digest of the key points of this important report (see page 734). Following its publication, the Public Accounts Committee will be asking the Department of Health ‘how ambulance services intend to achieve efficiency savings without damaging the quality of the services they provide (with the context that the number of emergency calls has been increasing at a rate of 4% a year), and how it intends to achieve better integration of ambulance services with other parts of the emergency care system.’

This report has far reaching implications about the delivery of emergency care services in front of the ED door as well as within its majors, minors, resus and urgent care facilities, etc. You need …

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