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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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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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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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Society for Acute Medicine calls on senior medical leaders to “stand up” over future of NHS

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has today called on senior medical leaders to “stand up” to health secretary Jeremy Hunt and hold the government to account ahead of next week’s planned industrial action by the British Medical Association. It has warned performance is already at “rock-bottom” and called the junior doctor contract issue a […]

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SAM statement on latest NHS England performance data

Commenting on the latest NHS performance data (February) released today by NHS England, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “When the Society for Acute Medicine raised concerns about the continued pressures facing the NHS following the release of the performance data for January, they were dismissed as “patent nonsense” by […]

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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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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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