Letters Zombie statistic for seven day working

Basing seven day working policy on evidence not political expediency

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4061 (Published 29 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4061
  1. David Barer, stroke physician1
  1. 1Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP, UK
  1. david.barer{at}ncl.ac.uk

McCartney does not mention one obvious flaw in the studies purporting to show increased risk of mortality for weekend hospital admissions.1 2 3 Patients with milder illnesses are less likely to call the doctor at weekends, so there are fewer admissions and the average severity of illness is probably greater.

A study of 4.3 million emergency admissions showed a mortality of 5.2% for those admitted …

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