Hospitals face fines over poor weekend care

Hospitals face multi-million pound fines for poor weekend care in a £2 billion plan by NHS England's medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

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Keogh: NHS weekend care plans 'pay for themselves'

The head of the NHS in England has told ITV News that his plans to improve the quality of Hospital care at weekends should pay for themselves. Sir Bruce Keogh has threatened multi-million pound fines for hospitals that fail to meet the same standards seven days a week.

But doubts are being raised about whether it can really be done without a major investment.ITV News Political Correspondent Claire Stewart reports:

Hospitals face heavy fines over poor weekend care

Hospitals could face multi-million pound fines for poor weekend care in a £2 billion plan by NHS England's medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is set to unveil a £2 billion plan to address the drop in quality of care in the NHS on Saturdays and Sundays. Credit: PA

The professor told The Sunday Times (£) that the obligation to run a full health service seven days a week will be included in hospital trusts’ contractual agreements.

Breaches of that agreement could lead to them "losing up to 2.5% of their income - a penalty of millions on budgets that can be more than £500 million," the paper reported.

Sir Keogh is set to announce his recommendations today, following a year-long inquiry into NHS care to address the apparent drop in in quality on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Patients should be able to depend on NHS 'every day'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Patients should be at the heart of the NHS and be able to depend on it every day - not just Monday to Friday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today, after NHS England's Medical Director called for more senior doctors to work during the weekend.

Mr Hunt said: "I want the NHS to expand to provide seven day services so that more patients get the right care, when they need it. It is great news that Sir Bruce Keogh will be setting out his plans for the NHS to provide seven day services."

Govt 'must set out' how to pay for weekend NHS care

The Government must set out how it plans to pay for better weekend hospital care, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said, after NHS England Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh called for more senior doctors to work on weekends.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Mr Burham said: "It would not be progress if it is achieved by closing smaller A&Es or raiding other services, such as community or mental health services. This would take the NHS in the wrong direction - forcing even more people into hospital, when the future demands more care in the home.

"If this plan is to have any credibility, the Government must urgently stop the cuts to front-line staffing...Things will not get better unless the Government first stops the rot."

BMA in talks with government over seven day care

The British Medical Association is in talks with the government on how to establish quality patient care in the NHS seven days a week.

The British Medical Association is in talks with the government on how to establish quality patient care in the NHS seven days a wee Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The BMA has renewed its backing for the move as NHS England's medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh prepares to unveil a £2 billion plan to address the drop in quality of care in the NHS on Saturdays and Sundays.

But the BMA warned that providing more doctors alone would not be enough and that giving them sufficient diagnostic and community support would be crucial.

Report: NHS to unveil plan to improve weekend care

Sir Bruce Keogh looks set to unveil his plans tomorrow. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

NHS England's medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh will unveil a £2 billion plan to address the drop in quality of care in the NHS on Saturdays and Sundays, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Keogh looks set to announce the recommendations on Sunday after a year-long inquiry into NHS care.

It is understood Sir Bruce will call for changes to increase the number of senior doctors working on weekends after research found that 4,400 lives a year are lost largely because of inadequate staff cover.

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