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21 December 2012
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.
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Primary and Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, CHELMSFORD CM1 1SQ
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