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UK hospital death rate higher for weekend admissions

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Melanie Hill | 3-Feb-2012 3:18 pm Excellent comment. I wrote the one above yours but two more things now come to mind: when I worked in Switzerland in a city university hospital all staff had to live within a certain radius of the hospital so that they were available in an emergency when needed. This was in the statute and was a condition of the employment contract; those who took up a career in healthcare have to be prepared to make some sacrifices with their time and that includes being available when needed 24/24 (obviously excluding pre planned holidays when away) no matter what their level. this is the price we all pay. we get off duty and are only disturbed in exceptional circumstances if there is a staff shortage but also have to expect some call duties and availability during unsocial hours.

Posted date

3 February, 2012

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3:33 pm

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