SAM president warns cancelled operations stance ‘could last until February’

Following the National Emergency Pressures Panel’s (NEPP) advice for hospitals to defer non-urgent elective care until January, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“The positive of this is action to relieve pressure on the system – the bad news is that it has happened already without much actual unexpected stress on the system.

“We have not yet seen anything out of the ordinary weather or infection-wise so my belief is that this stance will need to be extended until at least the end of February.”

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