‘Pressures are at unsustainable levels’ says SAM president

Commenting on the release today of the latest NHS performance data, which shows the highest recorded number of 12-hour waits in emergency departments and a record low of 71.6 per cent of patients seen within four hours, Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “The troubling situation we are seeing…

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SAM president warns NHS pressures show no sign of abating

The president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has today (09 April) warned NHS pressures show no sign of abating and the system is becoming “increasingly compromised”. Dr Tim Cooksley said patients were being put at risk due to overcrowding in hospitals and long handover delays preventing ambulances from getting back on the road.…

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NHS system becoming increasingly compromised – SAM president

Commenting on current and rising pressures in the NHS today (06 April), Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Spring has yet to bring any relief to NHS and social care which continues to be under immense strain. This is reflected in current performance data and the statements from hospitals and…

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Health secretary’s NHS elective recovery announcement ‘fails to address key issues’ – SAM past president

Commenting on today’s NHS elective recovery plan announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Dr Susan Crossland, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:  “While we support developing plans to help reduce the backlog of patients waiting for NHS care, the announcement today from the health secretary is…

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‘Essential virtual wards are appropriately planned, resourced and staffed’ – SAM president

Commenting on the development of virtual wards and the need for careful implementation (reported today 07 January by the Health Service Journal), Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Urgent and emergency care services remain under huge pressure with concerns regarding overcrowding, delays in patient care and exhausted staff with increasing…

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‘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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