Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Group set up to consider NHS weekend Services

Patients more likely to die if admitted at the weekend

Following research which suggested that patients are more likely to die if admitted at the weekend a group is to be set up to consider whether the NHS in England could provide more routine services at weekends.

The BBC has reported that an announcement is due to be made today by the NHS Commissioning Board when it publishes guidance for the NHS.  The group will be formed of health providers, patient representatives and people from outside the health service.

The group will have to take into account how this could work in practice and look at the terms, conditions and the incentives that could be offered to staff if they are expected to work during the weekend.

The government is “fully supportive” of a seven day service and the move is likely to be welcomed by patients.

A study which was reported in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine following research undertaken by University College London and Universities of Birmingham and East Anglia and covered more than 14 million hospital admissions found that patients were 16% more likely to die if they were admitted on a Sunday rather than mid-week.

The Department of Health have advised that some hospitals already undertake tests and perform operations at the weekend.

If you require further advice in respect of treatment you have had during a weekend or further advice in respect of pursuing a medical negligence claim please do not hesitate to contact our clinical negligence team.