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In the news this week…10th of March till 16th of March 2014

In the news this week…10th of March till 16th of March 2014

Headlines… Health managers call for an end to ‘sticking plaster solutions’. (OnMedica, 10.03.2014) ‘Worrying shortage of senior NHS nurses’. (BBC, 11.03.2014) Scottish Government ‘to take on tobacco firms’. (The Scotsman, 12.03.2014) A 1% pay rise – but not for staff on progression pay. (National Health Executive, 13.03.2014) ‘Early access’ drugs scheme launched for severely ill. […]

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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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SAM Response to NCEPOD Report: 'Time to Intervene?'

This highly important report has highlighted deficiencies in the care of a group of patients whose condition deteriorated after their arrival in hospital. The reviewers noted that the patient’s initial assessment was deficient in almost half of cases, with specific reference to the failure to involve more senior doctors in the management of this vulnerable […]

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Health and Social Care Bill

This statement has been produced to explain the position of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) in relation the Health and Social Care Bill. The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) does not support the Health and Social Care Bill; this position reflects the views of 94 per cent of respondents to a recent survey of our […]

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In the news this week…3rd of March till 9th of March 2014

In the news this week…3rd of March till 9th of March 2014

Headlines… Thousands pledge to ‘do something different’ for NHS. (BBC, 03.03.2014) Health service is ‘unsustainable’, NHS director warns. (The Telegraph, 04.03.2014) Consultants’ experience needs to be better recognised. (OnMedica, 05.03.2014) Ageing society means ‘fundamental shift’ in healthcare delivery. (National Health Executive, 06.03.2014) Patients should be told when mistakes are made, senior doctors say. (The Guardian, […]

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Seven Day Working for Consultants in the Acute Medical Unit

Introduction This statement has been produced by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) to explain why we believe that consultant-led care must be consistently delivered in all acute medical units (AMUs) in the UK, 7 days per week. Background The speciality of Acute Medicine was developed over the past decade to ensure that patients receive […]

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In the news this week…24th of February till 2nd of March 2014

In the news this week…24th of February till 2nd of March 2014

Headlines… NHS records ‘sold to insurers’. (HSJ, 24.02.2014) Outgoing President’s, Dr Neil Dewhurst, Statement on the NHS. (RCPE, 25.02.2014) Stafford Hospital: Health Secretary Hunt agrees to dissolve trust. (BBC, 26.02.2014) Stethoscopes ‘more contaminated’ than doctors’ hands. (ITV, 27.02.2014) Patients need to have control over their own information if care.data is to work. (Guardian Professional, 28.02.2014)

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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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Interface between acute medicine and critical care

After wide consultation, and as used in JRCPTB documentation the agreed definition of Acute Medicine ‘is that part of general (internal) medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions who present to, or from within hospitals requiring urgent or emergency care’. The acute […]

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In the news this week…17th of February until 23rd of February 2014

Headlines… New chief urges rethink on workload of junior doctors. (The Herald, 17.02.2014) Paracetamol given reprieve in NICE arthritis guidance. (Nursing Times, 18.02.2014) Scotland bucks UK drink-related death trend. (BBC, 19.02.2014) Combating the dual burden: therapeutic targeting of common pathways in obesity and type 2 diabetes. (The Lancet, 20.02.2014) Patient data fears ‘scaremongering’. (OnMedica, 21.02.2014) […]

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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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Relationship between AIM and EM

The specialties of Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) and Emergency Medicine work closely together in providing care to patients with acute medical presentations. The doctors trained in these two specialties have clearly defined and specific competencies which although complementary are not interchangeable. The Colleges believe that doctors should only practise in the areas in which they […]

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In the news this week…10th of February till 16th of February 2014

Headlines… Car smoking: MPs support ban when children present. (BBC, 10.02.2014) NHS has to adapt to survive, says chief executive. (The Telegraph, 11.02.2014) Thousands more could be offered statins. (NICE, 12.02.2014) Symptoms of lunch disease frequently overlooked, study finds. (The Guardian, 13.02.2014) Ex-M&S boss to advise NHS managers. (BBC, 14.02.2014) Other News in Brief… Effects […]

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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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In the news this week…3rd of February till 9th of February 2014

Headlines… Workplace drug and alcohol problems growing concern. (OnMedica, 03.02.2014) Giant patient records database ‘should be delayed’. (BBC, 04.02.2014) Staffing has improved since Francis, claims Hunt. (OnMedica, 05.02.2014) Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP. (The Guardian, 06.02.2014) Health experts urge MPs to back car smoking ban. (BBC, 07.02.2014) Other […]

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Society for Acute Medicine response to Ombudsman report on sepsis

Press release: strictly embargoed until 13/09/203 00:01 Society for Acute Medicine Response to Ombudsman report on sepsis. “Sepsis should be at the top of every acute physician’s priority list” Sepsis is a common cause for hospital admission and many patients with sepsis will spend the first part of their hospital stay in an acute medical […]

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Society for Acute Medicine response to RCP Future Hospital Commission

Press release: strictly embargoed until 12/09/2013 00:01 Society for Acute Medicine response to RCP Future Hospital Commission  Caring for Medical Patients: “Acute medical units are a key part of the solution” The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) “Future Hospital” report published today. A key feature of the report […]

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