Lack of short-term detail from parties “a concern” – SAM past president

In response to the release of details of the Labour Party’s investment plans for the NHS, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Scanning the headline details of Labour’s plans it does little to address the problems being faced by acute care in the NHS right now.

“We, as would anyone, welcome any proposed investment but I am still very concerned at the lack of short-term detail from all the main parties.

“Buildings, equipment and tussling over who can pledge the largest amount of cash will be meaningless if we don’t have the staff to run the NHS.

“At the moment we are thousands of staff and beds short of being able to cope this winter, let alone think about the next five years.”