For immediate release
21 January 2014
Commenting on the 2014/15 National Tariff Payment System published by Monitor and NHS England today (21 January), Dr Mark Holland, vice-president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) said: “The timing of today’s announcement by Monitor and NHS England of proposed changes to the marginal rate for emergency admissions will be welcomed by all those working in acute medicine, coming as it does at the busiest time of year. Admission rates for acutely ill medical patients continue to rise whilst at the same time there is an imperative to improve patient care, especially in light of the Francis report.
“Allocating extra resources to acute medical care will not only fill the gaps in the current funding structure but always allow the development of better services for patients. For example, The Society for Acute Medicine has played a pivotal role in developing seven-day hospital working.
“Whilst SAM welcomes the proposed changes as a step in the right direction, it remains to be seen if the extra resources will adequately cover the cost of future the developments that we see as essential for patient care.”
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 specialty of acute medicine and represents around a thousand members.
- The 2014/15 National Tariff Payment System can be accessed here.
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