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Two sides to every coin – Dr Mark Holland, the Society for Acute Medicine

Dr Mark Holland, President of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The Society for Acute Medicine has consistently asked for acute and emergency services to be judged by more sophisticated measures than the four-hour emergency access target. “However, downgrading the value of the four-hour target because of financial pressures in the NHS is wrong. The […]

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NICE sepsis guideline: ‘devil is in the detail’ – Dr Mark Holland

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “In 2015, the NCEPOD report ‘Just Say Sepsis’ showed that the specialty of acute medicine cares for over half of all patients admitted to hospitals with sepsis.  “The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) therefore welcomes the NICE guideline ‘Sepsis: recognition, assessment and early management’. It goes without saying that we fully […]

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Doctors set four-point NHS plan for “radical and positive change”

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has set out a four-point plan to create “radical and positive change” in the NHS.   To coincide with the organisation’s Acute Medicine Awareness Day (Tuesday, 14 June), its president Dr Mark Holland called on NHS leaders to take action to ensure “an enduring future” and help the healthcare system […]

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Leading doctor says weekend staffing data ‘not valid or credible’

A leading doctor has called government data on weekend staffing in hospitals “not valid or credible”. Dr Mark Holland, President of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said the views of clinicians and teams who already provide seven-day services had not been sought. It has been revealed figures obtained by the Department of Health from […]

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Society for Acute Medicine calls on senior medical leaders to “stand up” over future of NHS

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has today called on senior medical leaders to “stand up” to health secretary Jeremy Hunt and hold the government to account ahead of next week’s planned industrial action by the British Medical Association. It has warned performance is already at “rock-bottom” and called the junior doctor contract issue a […]

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SAM statement on latest NHS England performance data

Commenting on the latest NHS performance data (February) released today by NHS England, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “When the Society for Acute Medicine raised concerns about the continued pressures facing the NHS following the release of the performance data for January, they were dismissed as “patent nonsense” by […]

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SAM statement on new acute respiratory failure guidelines

The British Thoracic Society and Intensive Care Society have today published new national guidelines on the care of patients with life-threatening respiratory failure entitled Ventilatory Management of Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure Guideline. Commenting on the guidelines, Dr Nicholas Scriven, vice-president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “SAM was not invited to participate in the […]

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NHS should avoid focus on four-hour A&E target

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has urged the NHS not to focus on the four-hour A&E waiting time target alone as it attempts to measure pressure on hospitals this winter. It said other factors, such as the number of black alerts and capacity-related major incidents, daytime bed occupancy figures, patients moved to non-specialist wards […]

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Society for Acute Medicine: Plan for Tomorrow, Today

Planning for Tomorrow, Today Date: 8 December 2015 The PDF version of this can be found here: Society for Acute Medicine- Planning for Tomorrow, Today   Telling SAM your winter tale The winter of 2014/2015 was not pleasant. The number of patients we cared for was both unprecedented and relentless and the volume of activity was […]

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Acute medical units ‘never more important’ to NHS

A leading doctor has said acute medical units (AMUs) have never been more important to the future of the NHS as winter starts to bite. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said the departments played a “critical” role in maintaining quality for patients during “unprecedented” pressure last winter. He spoke […]

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Society for Acute Medicine comment on King’s Fund, ‘Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’ paper

Press Release – Strictly under embargo until Thursday 6th March 2014, 00.01 Commenting on the King’s Fund, ‘Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’ paper, published today (Thursday 6 March) Dr Mark Holland,Vice-President of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) said: “As a geriatrician working in an Acute Medical Unit (AMU), […]

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“Let’s not overlook what acute internal medicine has achieved” says SAM President

For immediate release The Society for Acute Medicine comment on secretary of state’s speech “treating people as patients” Commenting on Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State’s speech “Treating people as patients” made yesterday (23 January 2014) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Dr Alistair Douglas, Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) President said: “We welcome the address […]

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For all media queries please contact: Sarah Donaldson, SAM Administrator 0131 247 3696 (Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm) Previous press releases and statements are available here. About acute medicine Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients who present in hospital as […]

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SAM Response to NHS Services, Seven Days a Week Forum

Sunday 15th of December For immediate release The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the recognition of the importance of a consultant-led seven day service in hospitals as outlined in the NHS Services, Seven Day a Week Forum initial findings summary. SAM has always been a firm advocate of providing a seven-day service in acute […]

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