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Medical cover at weekends

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Medical cover at weekends

The government appears to be taking on senior medical staff whom they feel should be providing the same level of cover at weekends as they provide during the week.
If the data is accurate then your chances of survival are a lot less if you require urgent care during a weekend and on that basis the governments case is a good one, however the BMA reject this and claim a shortage of medical staff and resources are the main reasons why cover cannot be provided but whatever your opinion on the subject I think this must be one of the first times a government has confronted the medical profession.
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Re: Medical cover at weekends

It is not only the consultants that are needed at weekends. All backup services, X-Ray, CT scans, blood tests etc., must also be available as they are during the week.
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Re: Medical cover at weekends

Good intentions, but poorly considered. Hunt would have better results if he didn't appear in the media making inflammatory statements.
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Re: Medical cover at weekends

they could have better resources if so many were not taking home quarter of a million a year in salary packages..... only a few years ago there was full medical cover provided on a shift rotation pattern on far lower wages with more staff by those same senior medical staff who were at the time complaining there weren't enough nurses to provide full cover and hospitals needed the funding and flexibility to use agency staff, funds that were soaked up in pay rises hiring more managers and reducing the hours worked by doctors, there is still a shortage of nursing staff, so bad that some hospitals had no registered nurses and relied completely on agency nurses ....
he should of started with a new employment contract instead of trying to make changes to the current one, a few might of been able to jump ship from the NHS into private companies but the majority cant afford not to be employed (especially given the lucrative pension package) so would of stamped their collective feet and moaned loudly for a few weeks before signing the contract(s) and we could of had a 7 day NHS already .... typical politician to go about things the wrong way !
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Re: Medical cover at weekends

Interesting studies of the statistics. Nothing is ever simple. You are most likely to die in hospital on a Wednesday!
BBC Radio 4's More Or Less podcast (1st 6 minutes)
www.fullfact.org
With long waiting lists for treatments it would make sense to make use of all the expensive buildings and equipment 7 days per week. The trouble would be staffing up to make that work. Having the same staff spread over 7 days instead of 5 would simply decrease the quality of weekday cover.