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SAM president calls for ‘right support and infrastructure’ to tackle delayed discharges

Following publication of a study in the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which suggests the rise in mortality rates since 2015 could be explained by changes in the number of delayed discharges of NHS patients, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “We, along with many other health professionals, […]

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LEADING DOCTOR WARNS NICE SEPSIS GUIDANCE “UNACHIEVABLE”

A leading doctor has said parts of new national guidelines to improve treatment and care for patients with sepsis were “currently unachievable” and could lead to delays in transfers from emergency departments. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s quality standards for the […]

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SAM media spotlight

As part of SAM Birmingham, we have published a summary of media activity from September 2016 to August 2017 for members and attendees. The document provides a summary of some of the major issues affecting acute medicine and the NHS which SAM has discussed and commented on throughout the year. View SAM media spotlight.  

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SAM in the media – September 2016 to August 2017

Over the past year, SAM has issued 25 statements and press releases to national and specialist media to improve the organisation’s presence in the media and help influence and and lead national debate. SAM has featured on national broadcasters including BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and ITV News, radio stations including BBC Radio 2, […]

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SAM June Newsletter 2017

Please see the following Newsletter from Dr Mark Holland, President of the Society for Acute Medicine. SAM Newsletter June 2017 SAM Newsletter June 2017

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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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The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care

Please find attached a copy of the House of Lords Report into the sustainability of the NHS published April 5th (The Patel Review) The key recommendations are A tax-funded, free-at-the-point-of-use NHS is the most efficient way of delivering health care and should remain in place now and in the future. For that principle to remain, […]

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Case reviewers required – Acute Heart Failure Study

NCEPOD are recruiting a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals with a working interest in Acute Heart Failure. Please see attached poster for more information. NCEPOD Acute HF Study Case Reviewer Advert_30 March 2017

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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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