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SAM president responds to chancellor’s Spring Budget

Commenting on today’s Budget announcement, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“Any investment in social care and the NHS is welcome but, as the chancellor said himself, it is not just about money but about strategy.

“That is something we in acute medicine, as pioneers of seven-day services, have highlighted consistently while being continuously ignored by the health secretary and wider government, so now is a chance for us to see if the chancellor’s announcement means action rather than a token effort to silence the critics.

“We have been waiting with open arms for Jeremy Hunt to listen to our solutions to pressures in health and social care and hope that the government’s desire to ensure funding runs alongside strategy improvements means we will finally be welcomed to the table.”

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