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Do patients receive less care at the weekends?

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New research has shown that patients who have elective surgery later in the week and at the weekend have a greater risk of dying. Previous studies have found there to be a significantly higher risk of death if patients are admitted as an emergency over the weekend compared with a weekday.

 

What do you think?

  • Are there fewer nurses on duty at weekends?
  • Do you have less experienced staff in charge of wards at the weekend?
  • Is patient deterioration is more likely to be missed?
  • Is there a lack of specialist care after 5pm on Fridays?
  • Should specialist care be available seven days a week?
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Readers' comments (9)

  • Anonymous

    We should as an NHS provide 24/7 specialist care. My daughters recent hospital admission is a good indicater of why this is needed.A
    Admitted thursday evening needed endoscopy,to busy to fit tests in friday, these not done at weekend,come mon backlog so endoscopy not done.Backlog sorted by friday but then no endoscopy done weekends so done following tuesday.

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  • Anonymous

    receive incorrect spelling!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous | 4-Jun-2013 3:00 pm

    do you have a problem with comprehension if there is a printing error or is it an attempt at a put down?

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous | 4-Jun-2013 3:00 pm

    Where is 'receive' spelled incorrectly?

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous | 6-Jun-2013 1:19 pm

    from Anon 4 June 3.00 pm

    it was spelt wrongly in the title and has since been corrected.

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous | 6-Jun-2013 1:32 pm

    Thank God for that! I thought I had undiagnosed spelling issues.

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  • michael stone

    This was interesting when dicussed on Radio 4. The 'standard theory' seems to be that consultants are available at weekends (even if not on site), but perhaps attend less rapidly - one consultant proposed the counter argument that as the routine surgery, etc, is scheduled during weekdays, some consultants who are in the hospitals during weekdays, are actually 'less available' for emergencies than they would be at weekends.

    But the surveys do seem to consistently report worse outcomes at weekends. The most recent experience I myself have got of a hospital at weekends, was mid 1990s when my dad was in hospital - back then, it appeared that the hospital almost shut-down at the weekend.

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  • No-one wants to work at the weekend which is why the pay is better. To save money Trust's will avoid paying to ensure adequate cover at weekends. Patient care MUST be the same 24/7.

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  • Anonymous

    auntiebetty | 12-Jun-2013 9:41 pm

    we had no choice. it was included in our shift patterns. is it now optional?

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