Health bosses vow on urgent care patients

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NHS bosses have vowed to ensure that 95 per cent of urgent care patients in North Derbyshire are admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours of arrival at an emergency department.

The pledge was among a number of commitments made by the governing body of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at its last meeting.

The promises were made in the CCG’s newly-adopted Strategic Commissioning Framework, which describes the key projects the organisation is working on in 2013-14 to improve the health and wellbeing of the North Derbyshire population.

Other objectives for urgent care include ambulances arriving within eight minutes for 75 per cent of Category 1 calls and reducing avoidable emergency admissions to hospital.

Dr Ben Milton, Chair of the CCG, said: “We believe that the objectives set out in our strategic commissioning framework will help us achieve our priorities of consistently excellent services that improve the patient experience and patient health and wellbeing while reducing unnecessary expenditure.”