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Top doctor calls on government to ‘stop disincentivising’ NHS staff

A leading doctor has called on the government to “stop disincentivising” NHS staff with pay restraint and increasing target-led pressures. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said although financial rewards were not the only issue to encourage the workforce to remain, “salaries must be fair”. He spoke out following Downing […]

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SAM president responds to chancellor’s Spring Budget

Commenting on today’s Budget announcement, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Any investment in social care and the NHS is welcome but, as the chancellor said himself, it is not just about money but about strategy. “That is something we in acute medicine, as pioneers of seven-day services, have highlighted […]

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STPs need to convince us of ability to deliver – SAM president

Following the King’s Fund report into Sustainability and Transformation Plans, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The King’s Fund report provides an intelligent and balanced description of STPs. In acute medicine we continue to face unprecedented demand for our service and so any reduction in the provision of acute care […]

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‘Government must accept we now face national emergency in NHS’ – SAM president

Following data released by NHS England yesterday which revealed 65 hospital trusts have issued warnings they are under heavy pressures and six have declared the highest state of emergency at some point, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “For many months the Society for Acute Medicine has articulated a consistent […]

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RCP letter to PM a ‘significant milestone’

Following the Royal College of Physicians’ letter to the Prime Minister regarding the current situation in the NHS, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The letter dated 10th January 2016 from the office of the president of the Royal College of Physicians of London to the Prime Minister, and co-signed […]

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Support to discharge patients “central” to releasing pressure on NHS – Dr Mark Holland

Commenting on a report broadcast today by the BBC which found only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services is meeting the target to reach patients with life-threatening conditions within eight minutes, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This is a timely review of the pressures facing ambulances services across […]

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