– Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
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.
Routine NHS services are to be provided seven days a week, a new body has proposed.