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Accident and Emergency Departments

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of patients attending accident and emergency departments who could be more appropriately managed in primary care. (189571)

No formal estimate has been made by the Department.

It is a matter for the local national health service, along with its strategic health authorities and other interested bodies to plan, develop and organise local services that are responsive to people’s needs. What is key is that patients have timely access to appropriate care. The case mix of patients attending services is likely to vary locally.