Basing seven day working policy on evidence not political expediencyBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4061 (Published 29 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4061
- David Barer, stroke physician1
- 1Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP, 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 …