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Medical magazine Pulse has revealed that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is considering the idea of stopping walk-in patients from attending hospital emergency departments.
Although denied by NHS England, the plans , which would require patients to consult their GP or NHS 111 before being allowed to go to A&E, would be a method to tackle the expected winter crisis in the health service.
Dr Helen Thomas, national medical advisor for integrated urgent care at NHS England, said that the ‘talk before you walk’ suggestions were at an early stage and conceded that such a scheme would be a political ‘hot potato’.
With evolving cyber threats facing the NHS and other healthcare organisations, addressing cyber security must be a priority for all organisations handling patient records and sensitive data.
The Infection Prevention Society elaborates on why effective hand washing, as well as a few other simple measures, can make all the difference in preventing winter infections.