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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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SAM president calls on Parliament to ask ‘robust questions’

Commenting on today’s release of NHS performance data for the month of September, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Performance data for September again shows things are worse and the feedback from clinicians on the ground is that we are all struggling much earlier than in previous years. “At what […]

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SAM president warns NHS is ‘on its knees’

Following today’s release of NHS England performance data for August 2016, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The NHS is on its knees and, this winter, areas will implode around the country. There is no reserve left. “We coined the phrase eternal winter months ago in relation to increasingly poor performance […]

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SAM president’s response to Jeremy Hunt’s conference speech

Following health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech earlier today at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “It is very laudable to hear the health secretary announce a large increase in medical school places and repeat the government’s vision for a fully-functioning seven-day NHS. “But I […]

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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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