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SAM statement on National Audit Office delayed discharge report

Commenting on the National Audit Office report ‘Discharging older patients from hospital‘, Dr Mark Holland, president of Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “This report will hopefully raise public awareness of an issue which, left unsolved, promises to totally destabilise the NHS. “More importantly, people need to start to join up the dots. Every month […]

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SAM President’s response to latest NHS performance data

Commenting on the latest NHS performance data Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The record number of patients being cared for by frontline staff in acute and emergency settings again shows the remarkable dedication and resilience of the NHS’s clinical workforce. “However, the growing burden being placed on the front […]

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Society for Acute Medicine calls on senior medical leaders to “stand up” over future of NHS

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has today called on senior medical leaders to “stand up” to health secretary Jeremy Hunt and hold the government to account ahead of next week’s planned industrial action by the British Medical Association. It has warned performance is already at “rock-bottom” and called the junior doctor contract issue a […]

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SAM statement on latest NHS England performance data

Commenting on the latest NHS performance data (February) released today by NHS England, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “When the Society for Acute Medicine raised concerns about the continued pressures facing the NHS following the release of the performance data for January, they were dismissed as “patent nonsense” by […]

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SAM statement on new acute respiratory failure guidelines

The British Thoracic Society and Intensive Care Society have today published new national guidelines on the care of patients with life-threatening respiratory failure entitled Ventilatory Management of Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure Guideline. Commenting on the guidelines, Dr Nicholas Scriven, vice-president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “SAM was not invited to participate in the […]

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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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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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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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Response to CEM report: Drive for Quality

Wednesday 15th of May 2013 The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) supports the call for fundamental changes to be made to our urgent care systems to enable hospitals to meet the challenges identified in the College of  Emergency Medicine’s new report : The drive for quality – How to achieve safe, sustainable care in our […]

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