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Urgent and emergency care

Urgent and emergency care is the range of healthcare services available to people who need medical advice, diagnosis and/or treatment quickly and unexpectedly.

The Government’s vision for urgent and emergency care is of universal access to high quality urgent and emergency care services 24/7, so that whatever your need, whatever your location you get the best care, from the best person, in the best place at the best time.  To deliver this the Department of Health is working on a number of initiatives.  These all support the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme’s workstream on urgent and emergency care

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