British A hospital department concerned with the provision of immediate treatment to people who are seriously injured in an accident or who are suddenly taken seriously ill.
- The highest number of claims are in anaesthetics, accident and emergency and obstetrics and gynaecology.
- These issues should be addressed in a setting other than the busy, pressured atmosphere of accident and emergency or acute wards.
- This, however, contradicts our anecdotal impression from accident and emergency and fracture clinics.
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