SAM comment on RCP (London) 2012 Census of consultant physicians in the UK.

For Immediate Release

3 April 2014

Society for Acute Medicine comment on Royal College of Physicians (London) 2012 Census of consultant physicians in the UK.

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the good news of the expansion in Acute Medicine consultants according to the Royal College of Physicians London (RCPL) latest census published today.

The figures show that the number of consultants in acute medicine have increased by more than 30% over 2011-2012, which is the largest expansion across the specialities surveyed.

Responding to the survey, Dr Alistair Douglas, SAM president said: “This absolute increase in Acute Internal Medicine consultants is good for patients as we now have more Consultants dedicated to the management of those presenting as medical emergencies. It also offers excellent job prospects for trainees but highlights need to address workforce issues to attract and retain our best doctors in this vitally important specialty”.

Also commenting on the figures, Dr Mark Holland, SAM vice-president said: “The news that acute medicine continues to expand is good news.  Acute Internal Medicine is a specialty in its own right, and whilst it is a broad church that embraces the work traditionally undertaken by general physicians, acute internal medicine has improved the care of sick medical patients.  The Society for Acute Medicine has produced quality standards and indicators to define the care we expect for medical patients.  Having senior doctors delivering hands-on care on the shop floor is the essence of our specialty, and as this survey suggests, long may it persist.”


Notes to the editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients with a variety of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine is the national representative body for the speciality of acute medicine and represents around a thousand members.
  • Dr Alistair Douglas is a consultant in acute medicine and nephrology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee.
  • Dr Mark Holland is a consultant acute physician at University Hospital of South Manchester.


Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
07 985 49 49 65

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