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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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Top doctor says government must “get a grip” on the NHS or risk “irreparable workforce damage”

A top doctor has said the government “must get a grip” on its handling of the NHS or face inflicting “irreparable damage” on the workforce. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said England was “lagging way behind” its devolved counterparts on the introduction of safe nurse staffing levels. And he warned […]

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Top doctor warns bank holiday could break hospitals

A top doctor has warned the upcoming bank holiday could break NHS hospitals that are already struggling with winter levels of pressure. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the system had not recovered from an “Easter hangover” – and the three-day weekend could “exacerbate things further”. He said medics from […]

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Senior medic says NHS leaders have “heaped pressure” on hospitals by failing to overhaul four-hour A&E target

Following today’s announcements regarding standards in the NHS, a senior medic has said NHS leaders have “heaped pressure” on hospitals during recent chaotic winters by failing to overhaul the four-hour A&E target. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the organisation had been calling for change since 2016. “Back in 2016, […]

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