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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 pressures. This will have major impacts on patients and could be a risk to their lives.

“The stress for these patients must be unimaginable. To be told you need major potentially lifesaving operations and then have them cancelled, against what is in national guidance, must be horrendous.”

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