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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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SAM GLASGOW VIRTUAL

The conference is aimed at the whole multidisciplinary team who, like you, work day in and  day out, in acute and general medicine. Register today! Abstract submission is open until 1 March 2020.

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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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