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Society for Acute Medicine Response to “Hospitals on the edge? The time for action”

Strictly embargoed – for release: 13/09/2012 00:01

“Patients face the prospect of a very long, tough winter” warns Society for Acute Medicine President, Dr Chris Roseveare

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) recognises the issues which have been highlighted in this report and supports the Royal College of Physicians’ call for urgent action to be taken.  SAM has been working to increase consultant presence on the front-line for over 10 years and strongly welcomes the drive for improved quality of care for acutely ill patients.

Dr Chris Roseveare, SAM President said: “Ensuring the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate care for patients admitted to hospital in an emergency must be a key priority for clinicians, managers and politicians. There is increasing evidence that a consultant-led, multi-professional acute medicine team provides better outcomes for patients. It is vital that acute hospitals work to provide this consistently, seven days per week.

“The NHS is being asked to deliver huge financial savings at a time when many hospitals are already buckling under pressure from the rising number of emergency admissions. A co-ordinated approach is urgently required between hospitals, general practitioners and social care agencies to address the challenges which this report has identified; without this, patients face the prospect of a very long, tough winter”.


Notes to the editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients with a variety of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine is the national representative body for the speciality of acute medicine and represents over a thousand members.
  • Dr Roseveare has been an acute medical consultant in a large teaching hospital since 1999.
  • The full document is available on the RCP website.


Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
07 985 49 49 65
0117 983 0542

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