Sharp end of NHS has scarcely had time to breathe – SAM past president

Following the release today of a British Medical Association report calling for 10,000 more beds in the NHS this winter and the announcement yesterday of a critical incident at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust due to A&E pressure, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate last president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“The sharp end of the NHS has scarcely had time to breathe let alone recharge and staff are running on empty and goodwill which is unsustainable in the long-term.

“The four-hour emergency access target has not been met since 2015, yet we have seen very little in the way of addressing this very apparent problem.

“This will be laid bare again during an extremely challenging winter that will be exacerbated by a recruitment crisis and senior doctors working less hours – we are deeply concerned.

“Despite positive statements about new methods of measuring pressure on A&E only last week, it is worrying this incident in Nottingham has happened before winter in one of our biggest hospitals and a pilot site.

“SAM recognises and supports our colleagues out there who are working under such difficult circumstances and we will continue to do all we can to highlight these issues and push for action.”