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Half of same day emergency care units “impaired”

Almost half of units set-up across the NHS to deliver same day emergency care have been “impaired” due to pressures on hospitals for extra beds. An audit conducted by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) showed 45% of same day emergency care (SDEC) units, previously known as ambulatory emergency care, had “functioning impaired” by hospital […]

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Top doctor says he “fears for patients and staff” as UK prepares for record temperatures

A senior medic has said he “fears for patients and staff” as parts of the UK look set to experience record temperatures. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said staff were “struggling” as “few lessons had been learned” from last year’s heatwaves. There were more than 800 excess deaths during summer […]

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SAM welcomes new patient safety strategy

By Dr Susan Crossland, vice-president of the Society for Acute Medicine The new NHS patient safety strategy was launched this week by Dr Aidan Fowler, NHS national director of patient safety. He has promised to listen and work continuously to improve patient safety within the NHS. He spoke of insight, involvement and improvement as the […]

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Top doctor says government must “get a grip” on the NHS or risk “irreparable workforce damage”

A top doctor has said the government “must get a grip” on its handling of the NHS or face inflicting “irreparable damage” on the workforce. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said England was “lagging way behind” its devolved counterparts on the introduction of safe nurse staffing levels. And he warned […]

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Top doctor warns bank holiday could break hospitals

A top doctor has warned the upcoming bank holiday could break NHS hospitals that are already struggling with winter levels of pressure. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the system had not recovered from an “Easter hangover” – and the three-day weekend could “exacerbate things further”. He said medics from […]

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