Healthcare Commission urges A&Es to control patient pain better

One in seven patients in England say A&E staff did not do enough to control their pain, according to a Healthcare Commission survey.

This shows some progress since 2004 but the Healthcare Commission says further improvement is needed.

59% believed A&E staff did everything they could to help control patient pain and 27% said they did to some extent.

Many patients said they did not receive enough information when they left A&E: 37% were given a complete explanation of possible medication side effects, 37% were told when they could resume activities like driving and 25% found it difficult to park at hospital.

Generally, 88% thought A&E care good, very good or excellent.

The survey included responses from just under 50,000 patients over 16 who visited A&E between January and March. It was
carried out by the Picker Institute.

Shadow Conservative health minister Mike Penning said: ‘The government must consider carefully those areas where the need for improvement has been highlighted – some of which, like pain management and cleanliness, are absolutely crucial.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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