Nuffield Trust | September 2018| Acute medical care in England: Findings from a survey of smaller acute hospitals
The Nuffield Trust surveyed smaller hospitals to assess the current state of acute medical care. They interviewed medical directors and lead clinicians for acute/emergency medical care during a six-month period and found evidence of the huge challenges faced by smaller acute trusts in England, particularly in maintaining sufficient numbers of medical staff.
The responses generated from the survey indicate that acute trusts are aware of these issues and are experimenting with new approaches in an attempt to address them. Some of these are short-term fixes; others are more medium and long-term solutions. But no trust felt they had the ‘ideal’ model of care or anything very close to it (Source: Nuffield Trust).