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SAM president warns NHS ‘faces turmoil’ this winter

Commenting on an analysis by the Health Foundation which suggests at least £360m extra funding may be needed for the NHS to meet the four-hour A&E target this winter, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“The NHS has not recovered from last winter and we have a disillusioned workforce being asked to do more with less every day.

“We know there is currently insufficient capacity in the system, with the number of beds decreasing and medically-fit patients being unable to be discharged due to a lack of infrastructure

“We face turmoil if the system comes under pressure as it simply does not have the capacity to sustain and, despite all the talk, there is little progress with any long or medium-term winter plans despite the same issues occurring. All we see are unsustainable quick fixes.”

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