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SAM president says ‘relentless pressure’ is sign of things to come

Following the release of NHS performance data for September, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“The relentless pressure seen throughout the year is an indication of what is in store this winter.

“The sporadic funding announcements we’ve seen will serve only to help trusts maintain stretched services, not improve capacity and resource to the level it is required.

“That requires long-term planning and investment throughout the NHS and social care and a desire to focus on effective systems and processes as opposed to patchy cash injections which fall well short of the level required to oversee real change.”

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