‘Ambulance in a room proposal moving not tackling problems’ says SAM past president

Commenting on the announcement of a pilot of ambulance “arrival lounges” at emergency departments, Dr Susan Crossland, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Following the announcement this week effectively forbidding ambulance handover delays by hospitals comes the launch of airport-style ‘arrival lounges’ in A&Es, with neither offering realistic solutions to the current…

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‘Areas of the NHS currently experiencing conditions outside of anyone’s experience’ – SAM past president

Commenting on current pressures on the NHS (25 October), Dr Nick Scriven, past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Areas of the NHS are currently experiencing conditions outside of anyone’s experience and this comes hot on the heels of two years of unrelenting pressure.  “The reality will no doubt be more dire than…

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NHS “clinging on by fingernails” says SAM president

In response to reports the NHS is “recovering well” following comments made at NHS England’s board meeting today (Thursday, 30 September), Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “We support Amanda Pritchard’s praise for the hard work of staff across the NHS, but we should be clear that the NHS is…

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‘Performance data shows dire state of affairs’ – SAM president

Following the release today (09 September 2021) of the latest NHS performance data, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Despite the distractions of funding announcements this week, this data shows the dire state of affairs we are in well before we embark on the challenges of winter.  “These targets were…

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Proposed NHS funding ‘falls far short’ says SAM president

Ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on NHS and social care funding (which is suggested to be in the region of £5.5 billion) tomorrow (07 September), Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “We know this funding falls far short of what NHS leaders have said is required and any…

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