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Medical advice ignored in favour of a trip to emergency

A University of New South Wales study has revealed that people who sought medical advice through a telephone helpline rarely followed the advice given to them.

Despite registered nurses informing patients not to attend, over half of them went to a hospital in Perth anyway.

The author of the study, Associate Professor Patrick Bolton, argued that the telephone help line may not be the best use of limited funding allocated to health.

Read more at UNSW

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