The Society for Acute Medicine response to RCPE UK Medical Consensus on Urgent Care

For immediate release

17th of November 2013

The Society for Acute Medicine response to RCPE UK Medical Consensus on Urgent Care

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the recommendations from the RCPE Consensus Conference which add to the weight of opinion calling for an effective consultant-led seven day service in the NHS. The report calls for a move to a 7-day NHS and the elimination of ‘boarding’ acutely ill patients.

Dr Alistair Douglas, SAM President said: “We are pleased to see a call for rebalancing the needs of emergency and elective patients as well as the recognition of the importance of maintaining sufficient capacity within acute medical units and medical wards at all times.

“Recognition that the whole system needs to change to provide the expected level of service and avoid the serious consequences of overcrowding in A&E and Acute Medical Units and also a commitment to eliminate boarding of medical patients (also known as outliers) which has been shown to be particularly associated with poorer outcomes is timely. We are also pleased to see the Society’s Clinical Quality Indicators recommended for adoption by all hospital trusts.”

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.
  • Dr Douglas is available for interview.

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

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