A number of reports have been issued over the last decade which, according to the government, provide “significant evidence demonstrating” that weekend hospital admissions correlate with poorer patient outcomes, including higher rates of mortality. The following extract is taken from the government publication:
“A range of potential causal links for the weekend effect have been identified; one of these is the availability of staff and services at weekends. It remains unclear how many deaths are avoidable. While further evidence on the causal relationships would be of value, we do not think that this can be a justification for taking no action where there are good clinical reasons for doing so.”
Since this neatly summarises why the government’s health minister Jeremy Hunt has now decided to impose his new contract on junior doctors despite their obvious reservations, it is worth a little analysis.
There are doubts over the…
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