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Top doctor calls on government to ‘stop disincentivising’ NHS staff

A leading doctor has called on the government to “stop disincentivising” NHS staff with pay restraint and increasing target-led pressures. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said although financial rewards were not the only issue to encourage the workforce to remain, “salaries must be fair”. He spoke out following Downing […]

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Acute medicine: The solution the NHS chooses to ignore

By Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine Figures show that, since November 2014, performance data for A&E departments in England to meet the four-hour emergency access target has consistently declined. This does not reflect the quality of care delivered by our colleagues in A&E departments, instead it tells us that our […]

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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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