COVID19: Resetting Emergency Department Care

The coronavirus pandemic continues to pose unprecedented challenges to our health service. As we progress beyond the first peak of the outbreak and core health services restart, radical changes need to be made to the delivery of care to ensure that COVID-19 can be managed safely in our Emergency Departments.

Corridor care must never return to our hospitals again. Crowding and COVID-19 are fundamentally incompatible, we cannot maintain safe social distancing and infection control in overcrowded departments. The challenge this represents cannot be underestimated; managing the risk of hospital-acquired COVID-19 in Emergency Departments requires a systemic transformation across our health and care service.

Policymakers must act now to keep patients safe from COVID-19 in Emergency Departments. Our campaign, Resetting Emergency Care, outlines three key areas of focus for the Government to help Emergency Departments provide safe care and prevent unnecessary deaths.

Read the MP brief and our full position statement below.