SAM Response to CEM Report

Strictly embargoed until Tuesday 8 October 00:01

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) response to the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) survey results on emergency department workforce.

The College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) publishes today (Tuesday 8 October) the results of their survey looking into emergency department workforce in the UK.

Responding to the report, Dr Alistair Douglas, SAM President said: “The Society for Acute Medicine has been working closely with the College of Emergency Medicine and NHS England to find solutions to the ongoing pressures in emergency departments. A key part of the solution is to ensure that patients are moved quickly into ward beds as soon as a decision has been made that they need to be admitted to hospital.

“Unfortunately the pressure on hospital capacity means that this is often not possible and patients remain in the emergency department, adding to the pressure which the emergency department staff find themselves under. With winter rapidly approaching, we need to work quickly to resolve this problem. Earlier this year SAM, in collaboration with the NHS Confederation, the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the College of Emergency Medicine published a 10-point ‘prescription for the future’ which identifies some of these solutions.”

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 and is the Society for Acute Medicine President since 3 October 2013.

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

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