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Public back NHS plans for new rapid care measures

England’s top doctor has welcomed new polling showing that patients and the public support NHS proposals focusing on fast treatment for those who need it in A&E.

A national survey commissioned by Healthwatch England found that an overwhelming majority of people placed a high priority on early initial assessment on arrival at A&E for everyone, allowing staff to prioritise those patients with the greatest need, and ensuring that patients with critical conditions get the right standard of care quickly. These priorities are mirrored in new standards now being trialled across the NHS, as part of a review led by NHS national medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, supported by leading staff and patient groups.