7:46 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
Dr Sarah Jarvis has told Daybreak that it would be "difficult" to impose a seven-day rule on GPs and hospitals.
She said: "This is not going to be free, there's going to be a lot of bureaucracy and that means more cost for the NHS and patient care would suffer."
7:05 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
Routine operations, consultations and scans could take place over weekends under proposed changes to improve the NHS. Daybreak's Jonathan Swain reports:
5:59 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
The lives of more than
3,000 people could be saved each year if hospitals were staffed at weekends in the same way as they are in the week, reports the Telegraph.
Patients with certain conditions face a 40 per cent greater chance of dying if they are unfortunate enough to be admitted to hospital at the weekend, research has found.
3:40 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
GPs have a duty to look after patients seven days a week, says the report
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Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has launched its report outlining its commitment to delivering high quality care to patients seven days a week.
Seven Day Consultant Present Care, recommends three key standards to ensure all patients receive high quality care.
here to read the full report.
3:15 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
Today's guidance is an extremely ambitious plan for the NHS in England, particularly at this time of major structural change and continuing financial pressure.
While many of the aims are laudable, new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will have the very real challenge of putting these aspirations into practice.
While we are committed to improving services at weekends and in the evenings, today's proposals to provide routine NHS procedures seven days a week are too crude and fail to take into account the resources, investment and flexibility that will be needed to achieve this.
– Dr Mark Porter, chair of council at the British Medical Association
3:10 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
Patients deserve the best care in hospitals in the evenings and at weekends.
In 2010 we recommended that any hospital admitting acutely ill patients should have a consultant physician on-site for at least 12 hours per day, seven days a week, who should have no other duties scheduled during this time.
We believe that to make this aim a reality, some services will need to be redesigned and may have resource implications.
– Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
3:04 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
There are big challenges, not least the financial backdrop, but we must be ambitious. We want to make the NHS the best customer service in the world by doing more to put patients in the driving seat.
We are determined to focus on outcomes and the rights people have under the NHS Constitution, as well as ensure those most in need gain most from the support we provide.
– NHSCB chief executive Sir David Nicholson
2:34 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
Sir Bruce Keogh of the NHS commissioning board has said that the health service should move towards a seven-day model, and drew on Tesco as an example.
Surgeons could be asked to work around the clock
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He told the
Sunday Times: “If you wanted a day case operation, and you didn’t want to take a day off work, why can’t you have it on a Saturday or Sunday?
“Tesco have had to go through this – it was a complex issue for them.”
However the British Medical Association (BMA) has rebuffed the comparison.
A spokeswoman said: “The health service is not Tesco — I don’t think that is a good comparison.
"As doctors, of course we want to improve services we offer patients, but there has to be investment in sources that underpin that.”
2:22 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
GP practices will be expected to be open seven days a week
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Hospitals and GP practices will provide services seven days a week, the report states, claiming that the move is "essential" to offer a more patient-focused service.
It will also improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs, the report states.
Medical director Sir Bruce Keogh will establish a forum to find a way to implement a seven-day service. He will report on his findings in autumn next year.
As a first step, the forum will look at diagnostics and urgent and emergency care, the spokeswoman said.
12:43 am, Tue 18 Dec 2012
GPs will be expected to open surgeries during the weekend
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Routine NHS services are to be provided seven days a week, a new body has proposed.
The health service "needs to offer greater customer convenience" by running throughout the week, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) said.
The organisation, set up under the Health and Social Care Act, has published its first planning guidance to the NHS.