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Consultants should deliver care all week whatever the cost, says review

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e617 (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e617
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Consultants should be at the forefront of delivering care in hospitals throughout the week, including at weekends, because of the known benefits to patients, says a review from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Although round the clock consultant care will cost more, viewing this change through just a “financial lens would be a significantly missed opportunity to improve the quality of care,” it says.

Delivering a consultant led service will require changes to models of service delivery and the working patterns …

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