Inside the emergency department

Clare A Skinner
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01452.x
Published online: 3 December 2007

Emergency departments are under pressure. Chronic staff shortages, access block and other problems are increasingly affecting the ability of medical and nursing staff to treat patients

On 23 September 2007, The Age (Melbourne) reported a leaked letter to the Victorian Health Minister from Dr Andrew Buck, an emergency registrar, who described compromised patient care in the overcrowded and understaffed emergency department (ED) at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne.1

  • Clare A Skinner

  • Emergency Department, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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