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SAM warns changing targets for political expediency “plain wrong”

Following comments made today by health secretary Matt Hancock regarding potentially removing the four-hour emergency access target, SAM president Dr Susan Crossland and immediate past president Dr Nick Scriven raised their concerns. Dr Crossland said: “Potentially scrapping the target because it is no longer being met shows the disregard this current government has for improving […]


Leading medical body calls for politicians to address “elephant in the room” following worst performance on record

A leading medical body has called on politicians to address the “elephant in the room” during campaigning before any further “puff” announcements on the NHS are made after the worst A&E performance figures on record were released today. The Society for Acute Medicine has warned acute and emergency care in the NHS is “imploding” – […]


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 […]