Could Accident Prevention Save The NHS?

October 24, 2014

Minor accidents, including those that happen at work and in public places, are often treated in Accident & Emergency Departments around the country, but new research by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society suggests that treating minor ailments outside of the hospitals could really work. This research tied in perfectly with the annual safety lecture delivered by Dr Clifford Mann, the President of the College of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Mann delivered the annual Allan St John Holt Memorial Lecture, hosted by RoSPA and the Royal Mail and focus closely on how A&E attendances due to preventable injuries are having a significant impact upon the health service in general. Reducing these incidences could give the NHS a significant cash boost and help ensure that the NHS frontline can focus on saving lives.

There are 21.7 million A&E attendances in England every single year and it’s believed a third of these are accidents, with Mann believing accidental injury is a problem we still have not solved. Some types of accidents which are prevalent such as road traffic accidents, occupational accidents and rail accidents have become significantly less problematic, with a significant reduction in injuries, this is not always the case.

Accidents at home and in leisure environments are still, especially amongst the young and frail elderly people. Accidents have also been found to be the leading cause of death in people up to the age of forty and the leading cause of preventable years of life lost up to the age of sixty.

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Accident Prevention and Limitation

Education and behavioural change are the key factors which need to change and adapt to deliver accident prevention and limitation. Sustainment in both these areas is needed to deliver a change which will positively impact upon accident prevention. Two-thirds of accidental injuries to working age people are outside of the workplace so there is scope for local communities to get involved with campaign for safety.

Reducing the toll of easily preventable accidents could have a significant impact on the NHS and allow it to be more effective in matters which desperately need its attention. Minimising costs at a time where the NHS is desperate for funding could benefit the country as a whole and a better understanding and a campaign for safer homes and streets is something we can all benefit from.

Accidents will always happen but managing them better and finding ways of preventing them is something we should all aim for. If you do suffer an accident then claiming compensation can help manage the period afterwards. The negligent party in your claim could be your employer, a public body, a private company or another individual and this is something you can discuss with your personal injury solicitor if you choose to make a claim.