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NHS Confederation: 'Myths and misinformation' about NHS emergency services risk undermining patient care

NHS leaders have painted a worrying picture of how urgent and emergency health services could falter during the coming winter unless the country faces up to the true causes of pressures on A&E and takes decisive steps to tackle them.

In an exclusive survey, senior health service leaders told the NHS Confederation that a misleading and ill-informed debate about the reasons behind A&E pressures is hampering the health service's ability to address the actual causes.

'Flying blind'

Following the Health Select Committee's suggestion in May that the NHS is 'flying blind' about problems in emergency care, the survey – conducted in July 2013 – offered senior NHS leaders the opportunity to share their thoughts on the cause of pressures on A&E.

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