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A&E closures ‘affect death rates’

Closing hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments has knock-on effects that lead to more patient deaths, a US study has shown.
Shutting down a local casualty ward can have a significant adverse impact on the fate of patients at nearby hospitals, it is claimed.
Recent closure of an A&E unit increased the death rate of patients admitted to surrounding hospitals by 5%, the research conducted in San Francisco found.
The results come in the midst of a major review of hospital emergency services in England which critics fear will open the door to widespread closures.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, who is leading the review, has said that rationalising the current “fragmented” system could drive up standards and save lives.

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  1. Still one of the best NHS watchdog blogs ever


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