Belfast Telegraph

Follow-up meeting to tackle Northern Ireland A&E crisis

By Victoria O'Hara

Senior medics will gather next week to attend a crucial follow-up meeting to a health summit aimed at addressing serious problems in the health service.

It's a 60-day follow-up to the Unscheduled and Emergency Care Summit held in Belfast in April.

Health professionals met at the Stormont Hotel to tackle the crisis in A&E departments, the first time such an event was staged in Northern Ireland.

Recommendations made then and seen by the Belfast Telegraph will form the basis for discussion.

Among the proposals is that the current best practice for patients bypassing the emergency department to specialist units should be expanded throughout the NHS to reduce repetition of assessment of the patient and delays.

The event organised by the College of Emergency Medicine is closed to the media.

Speakers will include Health Minister Edwin Poots and Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride.

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