Letters Debate on weekend working

Protests about having to structure time off to enable the NHS to work at weekends as it does in the week may be hypocritical

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1864 (Published 26 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1864
  1. Kevin J H Newman, consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon1
  1. 1Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chertsey KT16 0PZ, UK
  1. kevinnewmanortho{at}mac.com

Yes, the NHS should work at weekends for urgent and emergency care, as Keogh says.1 Putting patients first means adapting work practices to achieve a better service for everyone, including ourselves and our families—we are all potential patients.

Would we want to wait in agony over a …

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