NHS services 'should be available seven days a week'

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)

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