GP-type visits not to blame for overcrowding, say ED doctors

The argument patients should have gone to their GP instead is overly simplistic, says ACEM president Dr John Bonning

Emergency doctors say state governments should stop blaming overcrowded EDs on patients presenting with GP-type problems such as splinters, blisters and sunburn.  

Dr John Bonning.

The argument was “fatuous" and "rolled out again and again” by states trying to shift funding responsibility for overcrowding onto the Federal Government, said the Australasian College for Emergency