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SAM media spotlight

Ahead of the RCPE and SAM past, present and future of medicine conference, we have published a summary of media activity from September 2015 to August 2016.                

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System ‘close to breaking point’ – SAM president

Today’s NHS England’s performance data for July showed: 184,200 total delayed days in July 2016 compared to 147,400 in the same month last year 90.3% of patients were seen within four hours in all A&E departments compared to 95% in the same month last year 37,500 four-hour delays from decision to admit to admission compared to […]

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HRH Princess Anne to attend Past, Present and Future Conference

Dear Colleague, We are now just over a month away from the Past, Present and Future Edinburgh International Conference of Medicine, SAM’s 10th International Scientific Meeting. I am delighted to inform you that Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne will be attending the final plenary session to close the conference and present prizes to the winners […]

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Two sides to every coin – Dr Mark Holland, the Society for Acute Medicine

Dr Mark Holland, President of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The Society for Acute Medicine has consistently asked for acute and emergency services to be judged by more sophisticated measures than the four-hour emergency access target. “However, downgrading the value of the four-hour target because of financial pressures in the NHS is wrong. The […]

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NICE sepsis guideline: ‘devil is in the detail’ – Dr Mark Holland

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “In 2015, the NCEPOD report ‘Just Say Sepsis’ showed that the specialty of acute medicine cares for over half of all patients admitted to hospitals with sepsis.  “The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) therefore welcomes the NICE guideline ‘Sepsis: recognition, assessment and early management’. It goes without saying that we fully […]

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State of the nation: More than ever, better is possible

To mark Acute Medicine Awareness Day, the Society for Acute Medicine has published the document State of the nation: More than ever, better is possible. It sets out a four-point plan to get the NHS working properly again through radical and positive change and ties in with the measurements of performance highlighted in the Society’s […]

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Doctors set four-point NHS plan for “radical and positive change”

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has set out a four-point plan to create “radical and positive change” in the NHS.   To coincide with the organisation’s Acute Medicine Awareness Day (Tuesday, 14 June), its president Dr Mark Holland called on NHS leaders to take action to ensure “an enduring future” and help the healthcare system […]

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SAM statement on National Audit Office delayed discharge report

Commenting on the National Audit Office report ‘Discharging older patients from hospital‘, Dr Mark Holland, president of Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “This report will hopefully raise public awareness of an issue which, left unsolved, promises to totally destabilise the NHS. “More importantly, people need to start to join up the dots. Every month […]

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SAM President’s response to latest NHS performance data

Commenting on the latest NHS performance data Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The record number of patients being cared for by frontline staff in acute and emergency settings again shows the remarkable dedication and resilience of the NHS’s clinical workforce. “However, the growing burden being placed on the front […]

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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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