The Society for Acute Medicine comment on Government response to Francis Report

For immediate release

19th of November 2014

Commenting on the Secretary of State’s full response to the Robert Francis QC Public Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, Dr Alistair Douglas, SAM President said:

“The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes Jeremy Hunt’s response to Robert Francis QC’s inquiry. In particular a new focus on creating a culture of patient safety and ensuring adequate staffing levels will resonate with Acute Medical Unit (AMU) staff.  The Scottish Patient Safety Program has shown the benefits of such an approach.

“The announcement of formal certification of training for healthcare assistants is of great interest and the Society has recently consulted with its members as to the appropriate definition of the role on the AMU.

“We also welcome a commitment to openness and implementing learning from complaints and safety incidents which has become lost in the bureaucracy of NHS management.”

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 available for interview.


Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Officer
The Society for Acute Medicine
07 985 494 965

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