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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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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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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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Inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine is elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

For immediate release 29th of November 2013 The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) warmly congratulates Professor Derek Bell as the incoming President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE). Professor Bell was the founding President of SAM in 2000, and was a key figure in the development of the speciality over the past decade.  […]

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SAM Response to NCEPOD Report

Strictly embargoed until Friday 22 November 2013 00.01 The Society for Acute Medicine response to NCEPOD report “Managing the flow? A report on aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage” The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the report concerning aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) (link) published by NCEPOD today (22 November 2013) which recommends: Formal networks of care should […]

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“Acute medicine consultants are central to the delivery of seven-day consultant-led care.”

Strictly embargoed until Monday 18 November 00.01 SAM response to the AoMRC “Seven Day Consultant Present Care: Implementation Considerations” report: “Acute medicine consultants are central to the delivery of seven-day consultant-led care.” The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes today’s (Monday 18 Nov) publication of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ (AoMRC) report which describes […]

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SAM Response to CEM Report

Strictly embargoed until Tuesday 8 October 00:01 The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) response to the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) survey results on emergency department workforce. The College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) publishes today (Tuesday 8 October) the results of their survey looking into emergency department workforce in the UK. Responding to the report, […]

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Life fellowships for top UK academics at international Acute Medicine Conference

Press release: strictly embargoed until 03/10/2013 00:01 Professor Sir Ian Gilmore and Professor Derek Bell will be awarded honorary Life Fellowships by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) at its 7th international conference in Glasgow today (Thursday 3 October). The awards are in recognition of the enormous contribution that both have made to the development […]

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