SAM in the media – NHS winter pressures

The Society for Acute Medicine and its president Dr Nick Scriven have featured widely in the media regarding NHS winter pressures since October. Please find a summary of our statements, press releases and subsequent coverage below for reference.

October

Press release issued on winter pressures (‘Leading doctor warns NHS could ‘break far worse’ this winter’) and covered by Good Morning Britain (Dr Scriven interviewed), BBC Breakfast News (comments put to health secretary Jeremy Hunt), Sky News (Dr Scriven interviewed), Channel Five News, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Daily Mail and The Metro.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/leading-doctor-warns-nhs-could-break-far-worse-this-winter/

http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/flu-outbreak-top-five-headlines-12-october-2017

http://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-12/major-flu-outbreak-could-overwhelm-the-nhs-this-winter-and-suspend-routine-operations-for-months/  (interview clip via link)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/12/nhs-operations-could-cancelled-months-winter-senior-medics-warn/

http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/12/there-could-be-more-cases-of-flu-than-the-nhs-can-handle-6994543/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/865400/NHS-crisis-Australian-flu-UK-symptoms-2017-epidemic-flu-jab-hospital-bed-shortage

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4665969/nhs-cross-fingers-winter-outbreak-poll-nine-in-ten-bosses-admit-struggle-to-cope/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4972556/Major-flu-outbreak-routine-operations-suspended-months-doctors.html

http://news.sky.com/story/nhs-will-break-far-worse-this-winter-doctors-group-warns-11076849

November

Further press release on winter pressures (‘Top doctor warns “isolation culture” could send NHS intowinter chaos’) which was covered by the Daily Express and a number of regional titles.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/top-doctor-warns-isolation-culture-could-send-nhs-into-winter-chaos/

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/874150/flu-symptoms-children-spread-winter-illness

Issued comment on Health Foundation analysis of additional winter funding required which was covered by the Daily Mirror.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/sam-president-warns-nhs-faces-turmoil-this-winter/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/britain-facing-worst-winter-ae-11522240

statement with Dr Scriven on budget announcement of additional NHS winter funding which was covered by The i newspaper, the Daily Mirror and The Sun.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/extra-winter-cash-will-just-about-cover-agency-spend-sam-president/

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/budget-2017-nhs-extra-money-philip-hammond/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/16bn-health-service-next-year-11566282

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4972143/budget-2017-nhs-will-get-emergency-cash-injection-of-2-8billion-with-350million-to-tackle-impending-winter-crisis/

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/national/budget-2017-nhs-bosses-to-discuss-what-is-possible-to-deliver-for-patients-1-8871305

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/budget-2017-nhs-given-%C2%A3350m-to-cope-with-winter-pressures/ar-BBFuGHT

Dr Scriven was interviewed by The Sunday Times later in November where he discussed his concerns:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/coat-hangers-to-be-drip-stands-in-make-do-nhs-v7d9dz277

December

Issued statement (07/12/17) on a report released by NHS Providers on preparations for extra winter pressures which was covered by the Daily Express, ITV News, The Times, the Daily Mirror and the Pharma Times.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/sam-president-warns-of-winter-that-may-break-backbone-of-nhs/

http://www.itv.com/news/2017-12-07/nhs-winter-pressure-flu/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hospitals-may-run-out-of-beds-this-winter-0wjj7c0ts

http://www.pharmatimes.com/news/winter_could_break_the_backbone_of_the_nhs_1213456

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/889273/Flu-crisis-winter-NHS-Dr-Nick-Scriven

Issued press release (Doctor warns hospitals could be ‘jammed full’ this week’ – 11/12/17) on capacity issues.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/doctor-warns-hospitals-could-be-jammed-full-this-week/

Issued press statement (14/12/17) following release of latest NHS performance data which was covered by The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail (x3) and The Scotsman.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/sam-president-warns-system-on-a-knife-edge/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/14/major-nhs-hospital-trust-turns-away-patients-from-ae-13-times-last-week

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/14/surge-norovirus-cases-senior-doctors-warn-carnage-wards/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5181367/Norovirus-70-putting-pressure-hospital-beds.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5201951/Cases-winter-vomiting-bug-jump-14-one-week.html

https://www.scotsman.com/news/a-amp-es-meeting-wait-time-target-at-lowest-rate-since-february-1-4639482

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5194291/School-forced-close-norovirus.html

Issued statement (21/12/17) following the National Emergency Pressure Panel’s recommendation for hospitals to defer elective surgery until January which was covered by National Health Executive, The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Channel 4 News (referenced), ITV News (Dr Scriven interviewed live at lunchtime) and BBC Radio 5 Live (Dr Scriven interviewed – also played  on BBC Radio 2, BBC London, BBC Three Counties and BBC Suffolk).

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/sam-president-warns-cancelled-operations-stance-could-last-until-february/

http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Care-Pathways/doctors-fear-directive-to-cancel-operations-could-last-until-february

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5193855/nhs-hospitals-opp-axe-crisis/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/21/nhs-cancels-surgery-tens-of-thousands-avoid-winter-crisis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/21/hospitals-told-cancel-surgery-nhs-braces-deluge-flu-cases/

Dr Scriven also talked exclusively to the Mail on Sunday about increasing pressures following a busy Christmas period, while Dr Dan Beckett, chair of SAM Scotland, talked to The Times in Scotland about rising admissions and ambulance delays.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ambulances-held-at-scottish-hospitals-as-admissions-surge-zg7vnvswg

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5223797/Shock-new-figures-reveal-hospitals-NO-beds-spare.html

January

Issued press release (‘Leading doctor ‘fears for hospitals’ as new year dawns’ – 31/12/17-01/01/18) which was covered by The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph (front page – late editions), The Independent, LBC  Radio and Channel 4 News.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/leading-doctor-fears-for-hospitals-as-new-year-dawns/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/01/desperate-times-for-overcrowded-hospitals-senior-doctor-warns

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-winter-pressure-flu-season-capacity-patients-corridors-a-e-vaccine-a8136231.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/01/winter-flu-plunges-hospitals-chaos-aes-run-space/

Issued statement (02/01/18) on escalating pressures which was covered by The Guardian (front page), the London Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, The Times, The Sun, the Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph, Sky News (Dr Scriven interviewed – clips then used on Wave105 FM, Key 103 FM, CFM Radio Carlise, Magic London, Bro Radio, Free Radio Shropshire and Black Country, GTFM, Free Radio Birmingham, BRfm, City Talk FM The Breeze, 107 Jack FM, Magic Teeside, Magic Tyne and Wear, Splash FM and Magic Leeds), LBC Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live (Dr Scriven interviewed – clips then used on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and all regional BBC radio bulletins), ITV News (Dr Scriven interviewed live at lunchtime), BBC News at Five on BBC News 24 (Dr Scriven interviewed live), BBC Newsnight (Dr Scriven’s comments put to health secretary Jeremy Hunt), ITV News Calendar and BBC Look North.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/nhs-position-as-bad-as-ive-ever-known-sam-president/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/02/nhs-hospitals-told-to-take-unprecedented-measures-amid-winter-crisis

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/tens-of-thousands-of-preplanned-operations-could-be-postponed-in-january-nhs-officials-estimate-a3730416.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5230125/Patients-warned-away-World-E.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/crisis-hit-hospitals-told-to-halt-all-routine-operations-r2jtf7vjz

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5256623/nhs-operations-slashed-third-world-conditions/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/nhs-hospitals-ordered-cancel-routine-operations-january

https://news.sky.com/story/health-warning-after-aussie-flu-blamed-for-deaths-in-ireland-11193127

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/nhs-delays-55000-operations-winter-11789043

Dr Scriven commented in the Daily Mirror on 04/01/18 where he discussed the impact of cancelled operations. This was also covered by BBC Radio 4.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/doctors-attacking-jeremy-hunt-finally-11795243

Issued a comment column from Dr Scriven on 05/01/18 reviewing the first week of the month which was covered by The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Sky News and The Metro.

https://www.acutemedicine.org.uk/news/more-illness-and-more-hospital-attendances-to-come-sam-president/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/05/cold-snap-expected-to-worsen-nhs-winter-crisis-doctors-warn

https://news.sky.com/story/cold-snap-expected-to-put-further-strain-on-nhs-11197092

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/06/nhs-braced-strain-services-cold-snap-takes-hold-britain/

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/07/cold-snap-set-continue-temperatures-plunging-low-11c-7210516/?preview_id=7210516

Dr Mark Holland, immediate past president of SAM, was interviewed by the Sunday Express and discussed “shambolic” winter planning in an article which appeared on the front page (07/01/18)

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/07/cold-snap-set-continue-temperatures-plunging-low-11c-7210516/?preview_id=7210516

Dr Scriven was interviewed by Channel 4 News (07/01/18) on the current situation affecting frontline services and the position of health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

https://www.channel4.com/news/dr-nick-scriven-prime-minister-should-replace-jeremy-hunt-with-a-fresh-face

Dr Scriven talked to the Daily Mirror about additional pressure on hospitals as a result of increasing  cases of flu (08/01/18). This was also covered by the Daily Star.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/deadly-aussie-flu-set-cause-11816073

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/672398/Aussie-flu-map-latest-Australian-flu-symptoms-UK-where-how-to-spot-NHS

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