NHS Weekend: Action demanded over death risk
By Nick Triggle
6 September 2015
From the section Health
The case for improving hospital care at weekends in England is “simply unassailable”, medical chiefs say, as new figures on deaths are published.
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh called for action as research by him and others linked the “weekend effect” to 11,000 excess deaths.
It is not clear exactly how many of these could have been avoided.
But the study in the British Medical Journal said the findings raised “challenging questions” about weekends.
The study has been published as the government is trying to push ahead with its policy of extending the services available seven days a week.
The research – carried out by seven leading doctors and statisticians, including Sir Bruce – …read more
Source:: BBC UK