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The future of volunteer provided pre-hospital care in the UK
  1. David Rawlinson
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Rawlinson, Department of Anaesthetics, Morriston Hospital, CSS, Swansea SA6 6NL, UK; Dave{at}

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With the introduction of Medical Emergency Response Incident Teams (MERIT) in the UK, this poses a question, where will the existing volunteers fit in? As highlighted by a recent census carried out by the British Association of Immediate Care,1 there is a considerable commitment by volunteers across the UK. Mainly these are doctors, but there are also paramedics, nurses and military medics. Undoubtedly …

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  • Contributors This is the original work of David Rawlinson.

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