‘Challenges are truly daunting’ says SAM past president

Following the release today of the latest NHS performance data (14 January), Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “This data shows exactly how dire things are with millions of people waiting to start hospital treatment and 330,000 people waiting more than six weeks for key diagnostic tests, so…

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Doctor warns of concern for welfare of staff on medical wards

A senior doctor has warned of his concern for the welfare of staff on medical wards who are dealing with increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients (07 January). Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said up to 90 per cent of the 30,074 Covid patients now in UK hospitals were…

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Death of Professor Donal O’Donoghue

The Royal College of Physicians today (4 Jan) announced the death from COVID-19 of its Registrar, Professor Donal O’Donoghue. Donal was a staunch supporter of acute medicine and a friend of the Society for Acute Medicine. He opened our last face-to-face conference in Harrogate and was always a voice of common sense and good reasoning…

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‘Important that new urgent care standards don’t move overcrowding downstream’ says SAM president

Following the launch today (15 December) of NHS England’s consultation on access standards for urgent and emergency care across the NHS, Dr Susan Crossland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “SAM welcomes the attempts these new basket of measures will make in addressing the whole system, however, it is vitally important that we…

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UK chief medical officers’ letter “articulates fears of the frontline” – SAM past president

Following a letter issued to healthcare professionals from the UK’s four chief medical officers outlining their concerns about social mixing at Christmas, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “I feel this letter articulates the fears of many working on the frontline about the coming months and the impact…

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