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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."
Routine operations, consultations and scans could take place over weekends under proposed changes to improve the NHS. Daybreak's Jonathan Swain reports:
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.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has launched its report outlining its commitment to delivering high quality care to patients seven days a week.
Click here to read the full report.
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.
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.”
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.
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.