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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” – […]

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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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