Call for urgent review of ED care
In a letter published in the Medical Journal of Australia this week, six emergency doctors said recent AIHW statistics showed 38% of ED attendances from July 2011 to June 2012 were potential GP presentations, whereas the true figure was likely to be one-third of that.
“Both the AIHW and Council of Australian Governments acknowledge that this method is flawed and have agreed to review this indicator. To date, this has not been done,” the letter stated.
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