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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6157

Dutch hospitals need to improve safety of acute care patients: An investigation by the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate into the safety of patients outside regular consulting hours has found an increased risk in all hospital acute care settings and, in particular, higher perinatal mortality at evenings and night time ( The agency has warned all hospitals to try to reduce risk factors such as “poor availability of sufficiently qualified staff.”

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