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Senior medic fears repeat of “nightmare winter”

A senior medic fears a repeat of this year’s “nightmare winter” in the NHS due to a “reluctance to think radically”. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said it was the “definition of stupidity” to believe the current “flawed” system could remain in place when it is no longer effective. “Earlier […]

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Pre-planned operations ‘should be cancelled for two months each year’

By Ella Pickover, Press Association health correspondent Scrapping all pre-planned procedures for two months of the year may be one radical solution to the NHS’s winter pressure problems, the Society for Acute Medicine has said. In an interview with the Press Association, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the society, which represents doctors who specialise in […]

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Doctor warns NHS ‘remains under great stress’

A leading doctor has said the NHS remains “under great stress” – with a “re-escalation in pressure” following recent cold weather. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said attempts to return to “normal business” had created “unsustainable working patterns” for staff caring for patients on acute medical units. “As we enter […]

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SAM president comments on cancellation of urgent operations

Commenting on an article in today’s Guardian regarding the cancellation of urgent surgery at some hospital trusts, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The cancellation of life-saving or life-prolonging operations is an extremely serious event that was not sanctioned in advice from NHS England’s national emergency pressures panel regarding winter […]

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