Accident and Emergency departments are 'flying blind'

Health Select Committee chair Stephen Dorrell MP has called on NHS England to ensure that the recovery plans for A&Es are agreed in each area before the end of September.

We were not convinced that the plans presented to us represented an adequate response to the challenges the system faces

The committee is mindful of pressures which will build during next winter and is concerned that current plans lack sufficient urgency.

We were concerned that witnesses disagreed about the nature of demand for urgent and emergency care. The system is 'flying blind' without adequate information about the nature of the demand being placed upon it.

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A&E rescue plans 'facing crisis'

Plans to address the problem of struggling A&E departments "lack sufficient urgency", MPs have warned. The Health Select Committee said it was not convinced recent proposals were an "adequate response" to the growing crisis.