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Emergency Treatment

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that patients requiring emergency care are taken to the nearest accident and emergency department. (162940)

High quality, safe emergency care needs to deliver appropriate, timely care in the most appropriate setting. Patients are not always taken to the nearest accident and emergency department. Some may be treated at the scene, some taken to minor injury units or walk-in centres, and others may be taken directly to specialist units at other hospitals, receiving care on the way.