21 November 2007
"This a national health service and what we need is a national trauma system. The Royal College of Surgeons of England has repeatedly highlighted the deficiencies in the provision of trauma care in this country. Severe injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Our mortality rates are among the worst in the developed world, and yet trauma care remains a low priority for the Government. This important study by NCEPOD restates the need for regional trauma systems that provide high-level trauma care.
The Government must now act on these recommendations and urgently implement a national trauma system. People must be confident that if they suffer injury, wherever they are and whatever the cause, they will receive trauma care equal to the best in the world.
The Royal College of Surgeons is uniquely placed to play a major role in the setting of quality standards and in the quality assurance of trauma units. Until a national network is in place, this annual unacceptable and unnecessary disability and loss of life will continue.”