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NHS unveils plans for emergency targets

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The National Health Service (NHS) in England has unveiled new plans to ensure patients requiring urgent care are seen within four hours.

The drive is aimed remedying the NHS failure to meet its target for dealing with 95% of Accidents and Emergency (A&E) patients within four hours last winter.

NHS plans to ensure the time frame by creating better links between Primary Care Trusts and Hospitals.

The NHS in England has designated eight vanguard areas in the hope of improving the services. These include speeding up the process of developing GP (General Practitioner) services in hospitals and creating mobile treatment centres.

The changes come in the hope of forging a closer liaison between primary care trusts and hospitals.

The NHS England director of acute care, Keith Willett, said: “This proves a modern NHS needs a very different approach and shows, even in times of austerity, we can transform patient care. We cannot delay in now securing that same advantage for the thousands of other patients – such as those suffering a heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm, as well as helping critically-ill children.”

Some critics say the NHS needs an urgent injection of money to help it run more efficiently.

However some others argue the money alone will not solve the problem and there needs to be a fundamental change in the management of the crisis-hit organization.


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