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£500m of govt funding announced for accident and emergency departments

9th August 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

An extra £500 million of government funding has been announced for struggling accident and emergency departments across the UK.

However, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has criticised the move, explaining that it completely “miss the point” when it comes to solving the crisis in the long term.

It explained that the only viable solution to the issue is to lessen demand on the service by reducing the number of people being injured and needing to visit hospital.

Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of RoSPA, said: “I have gone hoarse in the last few months from arguing with the radio about A&E overpressure and imminent collapse. 

“All the debate is how to increase resource for the treatment system so that it can cope better - and we see this played out in today’s announcement of £500million of extra funding for A&E departments under the greatest pressure.”

Mr Mullarkey stressed that the simplest way to reduce pressure on accident and emergency departments is to decrease the demand on them.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801623205-ADNFCR


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