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Quality in Emergency Care is a priority: Poots

Health Minister Edwin Poots today highlighted his determination to ensure that Northern Irelandís Emergency Departments provide a quality service.
Friday, 7 December 2012

The Minister was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the All Island Emergency Medicine Collaborative in Belfast. The newly-formed group of emergency care physicians from across Ireland was meeting to consider how to further improve quality in Emergency Departments and move from process measures of time to outcome measures.

The Minister said: “While targets around the length of time which patients spend in Emergency Departments are important, there is also a need to focus on quality measures. The drive to secure quality in Emergency Departments is something which our countries have in common and there is a great deal to be learned from each other’s experiences about how to meet the growing demand for services while maintaining safe, high quality emergency care.”

He added: “I am committed to first class healthcare services for the people of Northern Ireland. I want the public to have confidence that when they go to an Emergency Department they will receive timely assessment and quality treatment. Today’s meeting will contribute to determining measures to meet this aim.”

Notes to editors:

1. This is the inaugural meeting of the All Island Emergency Medicine Collaborative, a group of emergency medicine physicians from across Ireland who aim to share learning and discuss common themes across the island of Ireland and build on research potential.

2. The inaugural meeting is based on the topic of “Quality in the Emergency Department – Achieving a Consensus View”. The theme is quality, and the moving from process measures of time to outcome measures.

3. Attendees include representatives from the UK College of Emergency Medicine and the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine.

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