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‘Government must accept we now face national emergency in NHS’ – SAM president

Following data released by NHS England yesterday which revealed 65 hospital trusts have issued warnings they are under heavy pressures and six have declared the highest state of emergency at some point, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “For many months the Society for Acute Medicine has articulated a consistent […]

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RCP letter to PM a ‘significant milestone’

Following the Royal College of Physicians’ letter to the Prime Minister regarding the current situation in the NHS, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The letter dated 10th January 2016 from the office of the president of the Royal College of Physicians of London to the Prime Minister, and co-signed […]

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Support to discharge patients “central” to releasing pressure on NHS – Dr Mark Holland

Commenting on a report broadcast today by the BBC which found only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services is meeting the target to reach patients with life-threatening conditions within eight minutes, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This is a timely review of the pressures facing ambulances services across […]

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SAM president warns NHS is ‘on its knees’

Following today’s release of NHS England performance data for August 2016, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The NHS is on its knees and, this winter, areas will implode around the country. There is no reserve left. “We coined the phrase eternal winter months ago in relation to increasingly poor performance […]

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SAM president’s response to Jeremy Hunt’s conference speech

Following health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech earlier today at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “It is very laudable to hear the health secretary announce a large increase in medical school places and repeat the government’s vision for a fully-functioning seven-day NHS. “But I […]

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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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