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Casualty queue measured up in test.

Health watchdogs will inspect casualty units in Coventry and Warwickshire next week, to find out how long patients wait for treatment.

The surveys are part of a major survey into the state of accident and emergency units across the country.

Community health council teams will call at local hospitals at 4.30pm on Monday to log the length of time patients have been waiting for treatment, or admission.

In Coventry, watchdog members will be dispatched to the accident unit at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, and to the emergency admissions services for adults and children at Walsgrave Hospital.

At Warwick Hospital the A&E unit will be checked by South Warwickshire CHC, whose chief officer Janet Bonser said: ``It's just to get a snapshot of the waiting times and a feeling of what they are across the country.''

Results compiled by more than 200 teams will be collected overnight by the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales.

It will compile a top 20 list of the worst performances. In a similar survey last year hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire fared relatively well and were not on the list.

The survey follows intense concern over the problems facing hospitals over the winter. Many have struggled to cope with surges in emergencies, leading to long waits for beds and cancelled operations.

The government has told hospitals they must cope with emergency cases as a priority but is also putting pressure on them to drive down waiting lists for routine surgery.
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Author:Hall, Paula
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 21, 1999
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