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Pre-planned operations ‘should be cancelled for two months each year’

By Ella Pickover, Press Association health correspondent Scrapping all pre-planned procedures for two months of the year may be one radical solution to the NHS’s winter pressure problems, the Society for Acute Medicine has said. In an interview with the Press Association, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the society, which represents doctors who specialise in […]

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Doctor warns NHS ‘remains under great stress’

A leading doctor has said the NHS remains “under great stress” – with a “re-escalation in pressure” following recent cold weather. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said attempts to return to “normal business” had created “unsustainable working patterns” for staff caring for patients on acute medical units. “As we enter […]

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SAM president comments on cancellation of urgent operations

Commenting on an article in today’s Guardian regarding the cancellation of urgent surgery at some hospital trusts, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The cancellation of life-saving or life-prolonging operations is an extremely serious event that was not sanctioned in advice from NHS England’s national emergency pressures panel regarding winter […]

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SAM president warns healthcare workers ‘becoming increasingly anxious’

Following the release of the latest NHS weekly performance data, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Although flu rates might well have peaked, but they are still high and causing increased hospital admissions. “Many units have ‘flu’ wards open and, with strict infection control processes as a result, each suspected […]

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