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'Tesco-style' NHS proposed

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 Credit: PA Wire

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.”

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