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Overwhelming majority of acute physicians do not support the health bill

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A survey of members of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has revealed that 94 per cent do not support the Health and Social Care Bill. Just under 50 per cent believe that the bill should be scrapped completely, while a similar proportion felt that SAM should work with the Royal College of Physicians to secure further significant changes to the legislation.

SAM President Dr Chris Roseveare says: “The results of this survey provide a clear indication of the concerns of clinicians working in acute medicine regarding the bill.

“Acute physicians see the challenges of providing emergency care on a daily basis. While many clearly recognise the need for reform, major structural reorganisation of the National Health Service at a time of such extreme financial pressure is not the answer. Greater competition between providers threatens to fragment urgent care; a more integrated service is required for the delivery of safe, effective treatment for patients who are acutely unwell.

“The fact that such an overwhelming majority of acute physicians do not support the bill in should send a clear message to the government. The views of this key group of health care professionals must not be ignored.”

Notes for editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the speciality 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.
  • The President (Dr Chris Roseveare) of the Society for Acute Medicine is available for interview.
  • Dr Roseveare is an acute medical consultant with extensive experience of working on acute medical units.
  • Our survey was distributed to over one thousand members of the Society and received 215 responses, the full results are available on the website.

Contact:

Sarah Hunter-Argyle
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
07502 439 570

The Society for Acute Medicine
Administration Office
Society for Acute Medicine
9 Queen Street
Edinburgh

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