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Prime Minister’s NHS winter funding “welcome but of limited benefit” says SAM past president

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that NHS trusts across England are to receive £300 million to upgrade their facilities ahead of winter amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “While any funding is helpful, there are limits to how this […]

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NHS funding ‘welcome but more than sticking plasters needed’, say senior medics

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today of a £3bn investment in the NHS to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus and to help ease winter pressures, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: ”While this funding announcement is welcome, the government is constantly playing catch up with its […]

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SAM submission to Health and Social Care Committee’s pandemic inquiry

The Society for Acute Medicine has made a submission to the Health and Social Care Committee’s ‘Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond’ inquiry ahead of its latest evidence session today (Tuesday, 16 June). In the letter, available to download here (Health and Social Care Committee submission), Dr Susan Crossland, president […]

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Top doctor urges PM to stop playing “fast and loose” with data

Following today Prime Minister’s Questions, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Despite all the PM’s rhetoric about protecting the NHS, his government’s mishandling will harm the very people he is purporting to have protected by risking them coming under intense strain in the coming weeks and months with […]

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Leading doctors criticise “haphazard testing” and call for urgent explanation of track and trace strategy

Following news the UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, Society for Acute Medicine President Dr Susan Crossland and past president Dr Nick Scriven commented: “The different ways the cause of death is recorded across Europe (and the US) does make this new data less useful as a comparison. “However, we […]

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Medic says lack of action to address drop in non-COVID emergency attendances “deeply concerning”

A senior medic has said the lack of action taken to address the drop in non-COVID-19 emergency attendances at hospitals nationwide is “deeply concerning”. Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said clinicians had been raising concerns for the past three weeks about people with a range of conditions – […]

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SAM president says coronavirus plans “working well” but major outbreak would bring “immense stress”

In response to questions about the ability of the NHS to manage a widespread outbreak of coronavirus, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Rightly so the government, Public Health England and the NHS are working hard to manage the coronavirus situation and that co-ordination has been working well for the […]

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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 […]

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