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Society for Acute Medicine: Plan for Tomorrow, Today

Planning for Tomorrow, Today Date: 8 December 2015 The PDF version of this can be found here: Society for Acute Medicine- Planning for Tomorrow, Today   Telling SAM your winter tale The winter of 2014/2015 was not pleasant. The number of patients we cared for was both unprecedented and relentless and the volume of activity was […]

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SAM statement regarding NCEPOD report into sepsis

Please find below a statement from the Society for Acute Medicine regarding the latest National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) sepsis report: Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “We wish to thank NCEPOD for undertaking this extremely important piece of work. “As highlighted, identifying patients with […]

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SAM statement regarding BMA junior doctors’ ballot

Following this morning’s announcement by the BMA that junior doctors in England have voted in favour of strike action, the Society for Acute Medicine has released the below statement in response. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Junior doctors deserve a deal that is fair and reflects their dedication and […]

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Acute medical units ‘never more important’ to NHS

A leading doctor has said acute medical units (AMUs) have never been more important to the future of the NHS as winter starts to bite. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said the departments played a “critical” role in maintaining quality for patients during “unprecedented” pressure last winter. He spoke […]

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SAM statement on latest Department of Health junior doctor announcement

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “We strongly support better recognition for all doctors working in a acute specialties such as acute internal medicine and welcome the secretary of state’s latest announcement regarding the new contract for junior doctors. “However, we believe the current compromises suggested have only been […]

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SAM statement on junior doctor contracts

The Society for Acute Medicine is extremely concerned regarding the proposed changes to the employment contract for doctors in training. At a time of unprecedented pressure within the NHS we feel that NHS Employers should reconsider their position as a matter of urgency. The initial fallout from the breakdown in negotiations between NHS Employers and […]

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Commissioning guide for physicians ‘an excellent idea’

Commenting on reports released today by the Royal College of Physicians regarding commissioning, contracting and NHS payment systems in England, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “At a time of great pressure on the NHS, it more important than ever for clinicians to be given the opportunity to work closely with […]

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SAM response to Monitor A&E winter pressure report

Commenting on the report A&E delays: why did patients wait longer last winter? published by Monitor, Dr Alistair Douglas, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This is a timely and welcome report ahead of what we expect to be another very busy winter period. “It reinforces the root causes of problems with patient […]

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NCEPOD Mental Health Study: Call for Reviewers

NCEPOD is looking for clinicians from all other groups of SAM multi-professional membership to review the overall quality of mental health and physical health care provided to patients with a significant mental disorder who are admitted to a general hospital.  Training will be provided by NCEPOD and travel expenses paid. The link to the advert below […]

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Response to Secretary of State speech at the King's Fund

Please see the below comment from the Society for Acute Medicine in response to the Secretary of State’s speech at the King’s Fund today (Thursday, 16 July). Dr Alistair Douglas, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “It is clear there is need for a fundamental change in approach to tackle some of the […]

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SAM response to launch of A&E activity fact sheet

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine launched its A&E fact sheet for England on Tuesday (23 June). The publication follows unprecedented pressures on hospitals and A&E departments last winter. Following it’s publication, Dr Alistair Douglas, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “The RCEM’s document on A&E activity is a timely and welcome […]

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Time to Act – Urgent Care and A&E: the patient perspective

On 3 June, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Patients Association released their joint report, Time to Act – Urgent Care and A&E: the patient perspective. Commenting on the report, Dr Alistair Douglas, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Getting patients with urgent care needs to the right place, first time is […]

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Acute Medicine Specialty Certificate Examining Board Vacancies

The Society for Acute Medicine and the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK are seeking to appoint two members of the Acute Medicine SCE Board. The successful applicants will assist the Chair and Medical Secretary in the running of the SCE to ensure that all academic objectives and standards set by […]

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