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NHS cash promise details ‘crucial’

A senior medic has said details of the £20 billion a year cash promise for the NHS announced by prime minister Theresa May will be “crucial” to its impact. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said it was a “welcome boost” but it must be spent on “proven effective measures”. “This […]

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Senior medic says NHS leaders must “think radically” about capacity

A senior medic has said NHS leaders must “think radically” about capacity in hospitals to avoid another winter crisis – including a potential two-month suspension of non-urgent surgery. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society forAcute Medicine, said the “massive challenges” in delivering acute and emergency care this year “will not go away or lessen […]

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Nuffield Trust readmission report figures “disturbing” says SAM president

Commenting on a report released today by the Nuffield Trust which shows the number of patients being readmitted to hospital in an emergency with potentially preventable conditions has grown significantly in the last seven years, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This report truly highlights the problems faced by acute […]

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NHS Providers report into community services ‘shocking and extremely concerning’ – SAM president

Commenting on a report released today by NHS Providers which says promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This is shocking news and extremely concerning. From my point of view the only thing preventing […]

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Senior medic fears repeat of “nightmare winter”

A senior medic fears a repeat of this year’s “nightmare winter” in the NHS due to a “reluctance to think radically”. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said it was the “definition of stupidity” to believe the current “flawed” system could remain in place when it is no longer effective. “Earlier […]

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Pre-planned operations ‘should be cancelled for two months each year’

By Ella Pickover, Press Association health correspondent Scrapping all pre-planned procedures for two months of the year may be one radical solution to the NHS’s winter pressure problems, the Society for Acute Medicine has said. In an interview with the Press Association, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the society, which represents doctors who specialise in […]

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