[PDF] Emergency medicine consultants - workforce recommendations

Source:
Royal College of Emergency Medicine - RCEM
Publisher:
Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
27 April 2010

Abstract

These recommendations provide evidence and advice for Acute Trusts, SHAs and commissioners on the urgent need to expand emergency medicine consultant numbers.

The evidence quoted provides compelling support for the investment required and the dividends resulting - including patient safety, quality of care, productivity and crucially in the present financial climate, the affordability agenda from bed days saved, focused use of diagnostics (particularly imaging) and the expensive legal consequences of unsafe discharges. The current number of EM Consultants is woefully inadequate and the comparison with other specialties is telling.