SAM response to launch of A&E activity fact sheet

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine launched its A&E fact sheet for England on Tuesday (23 June).

The publication follows unprecedented pressures on hospitals and A&E departments last winter.

Following it’s publication, Dr Alistair Douglas, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said: “The RCEM’s document on A&E activity is a timely and welcome move which highlights the ever-increasing pressures on our hospitals.

“The data provides the opportunity for an informed debate about how to tackle problems during busy periods and raises significant points about overcrowding as an avoidable cause of death.

“Bed capacity issues exacerbated pressures on the system during the last winter and, for as long as issues with social care funding exist, we will continue to see delays in obtaining home care for patients who are ready to be discharged.

“That means beds not being available for patients when they need to be moved out of A&E and will push hospitals to breaking point year-on-year without urgent action to address the problem.”