This statement has been produced to explain the position of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) in relation the Health and Social Care Bill.
The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) does not support the Health and Social Care Bill; this position reflects the views of 94 per cent of respondents to a recent survey of our members. The care of acutely ill patients is dependent on close integration of a variety of hospital, community and social care services. It is our view that the proposed changes will fragment the acute care pathways which are essential for delivery of high quality, safe and effective treatment to patients who require hospital admission. Substantial modifications to the Bill would be required to allay the concerns expressed by our membership; if significant changes cannot be secured by amendments to the legislation we believe that the Bill should be withdrawn to prevent long-lasting damage to the NHS, and to the care of patients with acute illness.
Chris Roseveare, President