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Many of the 2.1 million patients who present to A&E with minor illnesses that could be treated by their GPs are young children, new research from the College of Emergency Medicine reveals.
Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine said the research shows the need for "de-congesting" of emergency departments, but stressed the fact that the majority of people attending A&E need to be there:
Approximately 15% of people who attend A&E could be dealt with by a GP, new research from the College of Emergency Medicine has found.
One in seven people could be treated in the community rather than as an emergency case in hospital.