The Royal College of Emergency Medicine looks forward to working with the new government to solve the challenges facing emergency care, and to ensure a safe and reliable A&E service for patients as measured by the four hour target.
At the College, we wish to be clear and constructive at all times. To this end, we launched our STEP campaign in November 2014 which explains what needs to be done to tackle the challenges facing A&Es. Focusing on the need for Sustainable Staffing, Tariff and Contract reform, Exit Block eradication and Primary Care Co-location, the campaign has received wide endorsement from other bodies and politicians.
This summary document explains the four aspects of the College’s STEP campaign. Implementing the four components of the campaign should be a priority for the new government.
RCEM President, Dr Cliff Mann, said:
“The challenges facing A&E services will become apparent again all too soon during the coming winter. We believe it is in everyone’s interests to urgently implement the recommendations of the STEP campaign.”
“Resolving the challenges facing emergency medicine and A&E departments need not be difficult, nor indeed do we think they will require more money. In fact the reverse is true. Much of the STEP campaign could be accomplished within two to three years and would result in a system that has greater capacity and lower costs.”