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Doctor warns NHS ‘remains under great stress’

A leading doctor has said the NHS remains “under great stress” – with a “re-escalation in pressure” following recent cold weather. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said attempts to return to “normal business” had created “unsustainable working patterns” for staff caring for patients on acute medical units. “As we enter […]

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SAM president comments on cancellation of urgent operations

Commenting on an article in today’s Guardian regarding the cancellation of urgent surgery at some hospital trusts, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The cancellation of life-saving or life-prolonging operations is an extremely serious event that was not sanctioned in advice from NHS England’s national emergency pressures panel regarding winter […]

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SAM president warns healthcare workers ‘becoming increasingly anxious’

Following the release of the latest NHS weekly performance data, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Although flu rates might well have peaked, but they are still high and causing increased hospital admissions. “Many units have ‘flu’ wards open and, with strict infection control processes as a result, each suspected […]

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Lifting elective surgery suspension will ‘heap pressure on system’ – SAM president

Following the National Emergency Pressures Panel’s (NEPP) decision to advise ending the suspension of non-urgent operations, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This decision will heap pressure back on the system as hospitals try to get their backlogs sorted while coping with winter. “I really do feel sorry for the […]

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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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