The Royal College of Physicians has responded to the Right Place, Right Care report published by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
Dr Sarah Clarke, RCP President, said:
“A general election is on the horizon, in which the health of the nation and the NHS will be a key issue. This report reinforces the message to all political parties that patients are not receiving the level of quality care they should be able to expect, and that doctors and other clinicians are trained to deliver, because there aren’t enough resources to meet those needs.
"We all need to work together now to make sure healthcare workers stay in the NHS, to make improvements to services in the right way, and to make sure we have the capacity where it is needed. But most of all, we need to keep people healthy in the first place and that's why a cross-government strategy for preventing ill health is a must.”
RCP contributed to the report, along with:
- Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
- British Geriatrics Society
- British Thoracic Society
- British Society of Gastroenterology
- Centre for Perioperative Care
- Diabetes UK
- The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
- Royal College of Anaesthetists
- The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health
- The Royal College of Pathologists
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- The Royal College of Radiologists and The Society for Acute Medicine.