Comment on: 'Jeremy Hunt’s speech downplayed nurses'
it is not just about consultants. The service of which I am part has 10 registrars, 12 junior doctors and 11 consultants during the week. It is a very busy service with many clinics and investigations and procedures carried out Mon-Fri as well as 68 in-patient beds across 3 wards. At the weekend there is 1 junior doctor and 1 registrar, 1 consultant and 1 specialist nurse to deal with all the emergencies. The number of ward-based nursing staff is the same every day of the week as the in-patients need the same care. Medical care is just spread too thinly.
Would it make sense to spread all the planned work across the week with all departments working a 7 day shift pattern.
There is no way the NHS can afford to employ more consultants at the weekend unless they cut back during the week