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NHS data shows ‘struggle to provide safe and compassionate care’ – SAM President

Following the release of NHS performance data for December which showed only 77.3% of patients were treated in emergency departments with four hours, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “These figures support the messages we have been getting from our members about conditions across the NHS and the struggle they […]

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Former SAM president receives OBE in New Year honours

Professor Derek Bell, a past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, has received an OBE in the New Year Honours list. His award is in recognition of his services to unscheduled care and quality improvement in healthcare. Prof Bell, who is currently president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, was elected the […]

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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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