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Group is set up to look at seven day working in the NHS

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8601 (Published 18 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8601

Re: Group is set up to look at seven day working in the NHS

It is vital to consider the issue of child-care when plans are being made to provide a 7 day NHS service. Schools close at weekends and so do most childminders. A parent whose contract involves regular weekend work will need access to both daily (i.e. 8-10 hour) childcare, and to some provision for a safe place to leave a child if called into work from home. Large employers like hospitals are well placed to provide this type of support to working parents, on a not-for-profit basis.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 December 2012
Susan H Walker
Senior Lecturer
Primary and Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane, CHELMSFORD CM1 1SQ
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