SAM past president warns current pressures and lack of respite ‘extremely worrying ahead of next onslaught’

Following today’s article in The Independent on concerns raised by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine about current pressures and patient safety, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “It is extremely worrying we are facing such pressures and problems at a time when, traditionally, urgent medical admissions might dip…

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Bed occupancy well above 90% “dangerous” – SAM past president

Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, comments on current NHS pressures, the challenges being faced by staff and actions required to tackle some of the underlying issues across the system. He said: “Across our hospitals staff are facing pressures much like those seen in mid-winter, with bed occupancy levels…

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Performance figures “extremely worrying” with some units operating at 100% capacity – SAM president

Following the release today of the latest NHS performance data, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:  “These figures are extremely worrying. Compared to April last year it shows a 104% rise in A&E attendances and a 56% rise in admissions – and 12-hour delays have more than doubled. “Although it is hard to comprehensively…

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