Assembly 'letting nurses down' over emergency care

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail, April 24 2007 Nurses have criticised delays over the publication of a strategy to reform emergency services in Wales. The Delivering Emergency Care Strategy (Decs) has yet to be published by the Welsh Assembly Government, some six months after a public consultation ended. It is thought the final document, which will outline what services will be available to patients, will not be published until June at the earliest. This is despite the ongoing problems caused by patients swamping accident and emergency departments and dialling 999 for minor complaints. In the six months since the end of the consultation NHS Direct has merged with the Welsh Ambulance Service - one of the proposals put forward in Decs. The Royal College of Nursing in Wales today says the Welsh Assembly Government must invest in improving access to emergency care across Wales. ... Assembly