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RMRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examination in Acute Medicine fee reduced by 23%

The Society for Acute Medicine and the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK are pleased to announce that trainee physicians will benefit from a 23% reduction in fees for the MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examination in Acute Medicine effecting examinations from 1 August 2016. This examination assesses the knowledge gained during specialist training […]

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SAM statement on new acute respiratory failure guidelines

The British Thoracic Society and Intensive Care Society have today published new national guidelines on the care of patients with life-threatening respiratory failure entitled Ventilatory Management of Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure Guideline. Commenting on the guidelines, Dr Nicholas Scriven, vice-president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “SAM was not invited to participate in the […]

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NHS should avoid focus on four-hour A&E target

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has urged the NHS not to focus on the four-hour A&E waiting time target alone as it attempts to measure pressure on hospitals this winter. It said other factors, such as the number of black alerts and capacity-related major incidents, daytime bed occupancy figures, patients moved to non-specialist wards […]

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Society for Acute Medicine: Plan for Tomorrow, Today

Planning for Tomorrow, Today Date: 8 December 2015 The PDF version of this can be found here: Society for Acute Medicine- Planning for Tomorrow, Today   Telling SAM your winter tale The winter of 2014/2015 was not pleasant. The number of patients we cared for was both unprecedented and relentless and the volume of activity was […]

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SAM statement regarding NCEPOD report into sepsis

Please find below a statement from the Society for Acute Medicine regarding the latest National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) sepsis report: Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “We wish to thank NCEPOD for undertaking this extremely important piece of work. “As highlighted, identifying patients with […]

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SAM statement regarding BMA junior doctors’ ballot

Following this morning’s announcement by the BMA that junior doctors in England have voted in favour of strike action, the Society for Acute Medicine has released the below statement in response. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Junior doctors deserve a deal that is fair and reflects their dedication and […]

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Acute medical units ‘never more important’ to NHS

A leading doctor has said acute medical units (AMUs) have never been more important to the future of the NHS as winter starts to bite. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said the departments played a “critical” role in maintaining quality for patients during “unprecedented” pressure last winter. He spoke […]

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SAM statement on latest Department of Health junior doctor announcement

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “We strongly support better recognition for all doctors working in a acute specialties such as acute internal medicine and welcome the secretary of state’s latest announcement regarding the new contract for junior doctors. “However, we believe the current compromises suggested have only been […]

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