By Henry Guly (auth.)
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Teaching hospitals made much use of medical students who had service role for preliminary clerking of patients, assisting with dressings and doing practical procedures as well as being taught. The Nuffield study investigated the most senior person working in the casualty department in those hospitals which did not have SCOs. 6. The Nuffield team also tried to assess the quality of different aspects of the casualty department in the 18 hospitals they visited. This grading was based both on objective data on staffing levels and so on and also on more subjective data on the quality of the doctors they met, quality of service which they saw being provided etc.
31 Sir Harry Platt had noted that: ‘some Regional Hospital Boards have made a number of consultant appointments with contracts including duties in casualty departments. 8 shows that in the Platt survey, only 2 per cent of new patients were seen by a consultant and many of them had been seen by a more junior doctor as well. Some consultants did a weekly or twice weekly clinic in the department but they saw patients with their special interest, for example, septic hands or fractures rather than patients according to the severity or length of illness.
At the first meeting they decided to investigate the misuse of casualty departments; the time spent by casualty officers in specific duties and the ultimate source and reason for attendance. The first Annual General Meeting of the Casualty Surgeons Association was held at Walsall General Hospital on 23 March 1968 at which Maurice Ellis was elected as President, David Caro as Vice President, Edward Abson as Honorary Secretary and John Hindle, Honorary Treasurer. 38 A History of Accident and Emergency Medicine A&E in the late 1960s and early 1970s Meanwhile standards in A&E departments were getting worse.
A History of Accident and Emergency Medicine, 1948–2004 by Henry Guly (auth.)