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Paediatric emergency medicine consultant provision in the UK: are we there yet?

20 Jul 2015

Compared with 17 other high-income countries since 1970, the UK has failed to match the equivalent reduction in deaths among children and young adults.1 Two further reports have recently commented on the unsatisfactory child mortality rates in the UK.2 3 These reports highlight the contribution of injury and mental health to death statistics and the importance of accurate recognition of the signs of acute, serious illness. Since around five million children require emergency or urgent care each year in the UK, and children form 25% of emergency department (ED) attendances, the issues highlighted in these reports are core business for EDs.

Provision of emergency care has been a high-profile issue for British healthcare, the UK Government and the media for a number of years, yet there remains considerable variation in service provision between hospitals. Set against this, most governments of developed countries, including ours, aim...

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Archives of Disease in Childhood