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SAM president warns of winter that ‘may break backbone’ of NHS

Commenting on a report released today (Thursday) by NHS Providers on preparations for extra winter pressures, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“While staff on the frontline will, as always, pull out all the stops to provide safe care, the fact remains the NHS is 1,400 beds short of what it needs this winter.

“The fear is that we have not faced an infection crisis over winter for several years and if the Australasian experience is repeated here the system will be swamped as never before.

“There is a real sense of foreboding that this may be the winter that finally breaks the backbone of the service.”

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