‘Insufficient workforce and capacity to meet demand’ – SAM past president

Following the release today (15 February) of the latest weekly NHS performance figures, Dr Tim Cooksley, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The NHS finds itself in an eternal winter. The pressures throughout the system are perfectly and bleakly illustrated in urgent and emergency care where patients experience appalling conditions and prolonged waits. …

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‘Degrading corridor care and prolonged waits causing significant harm’ – SAM past president

The latest NHS performance data released today (08 February) shows, among other things: In response, Dr Tim Cooksley, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Degrading corridor care and prolonged waits causing significant harm is tragically and increasingly the expected state in urgent and emergency care.  “A rise of COVID and flu…

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SAM past president tells Times Health Commission corridor care is ‘undignified, unreasonable and totally inappropriate’

The Times today (Tuesday, 06 February) published its Times Health Commission report into the crisis facing the health and social care system in England. The commission, set up in January 2023, was supported by a prestigious group of expert commissioners from the worlds of medicine, business, policy, science, food and sport. This included representation from…

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SAM SitRep

The SAM SitRep (Situation Report) helps us evaluate the demand that acute medicine service are facing nationally. Although some measures of pressure and demand are reported through NHS systems nationally, these often don’t include those that are specific and important to acute medicine, including Same Day Emergency Care. The SitRep program aims to collect targeted…

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Undergraduate syllabus for Medical School curricula

Introduction This syllabus is intended to act as a guide for students and their instructors in medical schools. It describes the range of clinical presentations that they should be able to recognize and the underlying conditions that they should know how to treat. It also includes knowledge of the practice of Acute Internal Medicine (AIM)…

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‘Bed capacity nowhere near meeting demand’ – SAM president elect

Following today’s announcement by NHS England (25 January) that it has delivered on its ambition of 5,000 more permanent beds, Dr Vicky Price, president elect of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “While this announcement is positive and important, it will be some time before patients and staff feel any improvement on the shop floor.…

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SAMBA23 National Report

The SAMBA23 national report is now available here. We are grateful for all the work put into taking part in SAMBA23 at each participating site – SAMBA would not be possible without you.  If you require a copy of your local report or data, or have any other queries, please email us at samba@acutemedicine.org.uk.

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Joint statement from RCEM and SAM re Same Day Emergency Care

This statement is a follow up to the joint statement issued in 2019 by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) regarding the delivery of same day emergency care (SDEC) in England following the launch of the 2019 Long Term Plan for the NHS in England. Since 2019 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, some SDEC services were paused to allow estate and staff…

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