SAM media: September 2015 to August 2016 

Over the past year, SAM has issued 26 statements and press releases to national and specialist media. This has improved the organisation’s presence in the media and has helped it to influence and lead national debate.

SAM has featured on BBC Breakfast News, Sky News, LBC Radio, various BBC radio stations and in a number of national newspapers, often The Guardian, as well as online sources such as BBC News.

President Dr Holland and his team have focused on pressures on hospitals and staff, the junior doctor contract dispute and NHS performance data over the course of the year and secured widespread coverage.

In addition, following one article in The Guardian on overcrowding, the issue was raised in the House of Lords and was subject to a discussion.

All statements and press releases have been uploaded to the SAM website and publicised via social media.

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

Widespread media coverage during this month following Dr Holland’s interview with Sky News (see separate document here).

December 2015

Coverage in the Sunday Express – Plan for Tomorrow, Today: (Live BBC Breakfast News interview with Dr Holland recorded)

BBC Three Counties interview with Dr Holland on delayed discharges. Listen now:


March 2016

Coverage in The Guardian:

Article resulted in a question on Dr Holland’s comments being asked in the House of Lords followed by a discussion: (SAM reference from 14.58.02)

Dr Holland was also interviewed by LBC Radio regarding the situation affecting the NHS.

Dr Alistair Douglas commented in The Herald (Scotland) on bed shortages and delayed discharges:

April 2016

Coverage in The Guardian:

May 2016

Junior doctor statement picked up by various news websites:

June 2016

Press release with quotes from Dr Holland appeared on page eight of The Sun newspaper and on the following news websites:

July 2016

Coverage of junior doctor statement in The Guardian:

Coverage of RCN statement:

Dr Holland interviewed by LBC Radio regarding the effect of Brexit on the NHS.

August 2016

Comments included in a BBC News article by health editor Hugh Pym:

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