Dr Chaand Nagpaul told the BMA’s annual representative meeting yesterday that the four-hour A&E target had led eight out of 10 A&E wards to discharge patients too soon.
And the infectious diarrheoa outbreak in Stoke Mandeville, which killed 33, was ‘partly a result of patients being hastily transferred from A&E cubicles to open wards’.
Meanwhile, the 18-week target has resulted in patients inappropriately being removed from waiting lists and then re-referred, he said.
‘There's nothing wrong with wanting to shorten NHS waits,’ he said. ‘What's wrong is the government's rigidity in implementing targets.’
‘When things go wrong as a result, is it fair that government can distance itself as having no part to play, while local healthcare staff face disciplinary action?’
The motion was carried.
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