Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Patient risk over NHS transfers

Patients are being put at risk by inadequate hospital transfer arrangements, anaesthetists say.

A combination of NHS and private ambulances are responsible for ferrying people around sites in the UK. But the Association of Anaesthetists said the vehicles were poorly equipped and called for a national transfer service to be established...

Dr David Goldhill, the chairman of the working group which drew up the report, said it was an issue that needed to be taken more seriously. "There is no doubt that the situation we have at the moment in most areas is entirely unsatisfactory. The patients are in a vulnerable position."
Source: BBC

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