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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NHS staff ‘pretty much running on empty’ – SAM past president

Following the release today (12 August) of the latest NHS performance data, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “We are pretty much running on empty after 20 months of unrelenting pressure culminating now in what is really unprecedented demand at this time of year.  “Staff are stressed and…

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SAM president welcomes new NHS England chief executive

Following the announcement of Amanda Pritchard as the new chief executive of NHS England, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “We welcome news of Amanda’s appointment and we wish her well in the role, particularly as she will take the reins at such a challenging time. “There will be lots…

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Senior medics warn of “Covid explosion” as restrictions lift

Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, has warned of his concerns ahead of the lifting of Covid restrictions next week. He said: “With lifting restrictions there is a risk of a ‘Covid explosion’, as has been seen in the Netherlands already. Numbers of infected people could be so large…

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