Consultants will have seven day rotas by 2020, government says in response to open letterBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4548 (Published 20 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4548
- Abi Rimmer
- 1BMJ Careers
Most consultants in England will have “genuinely seven day rotas” by the end of this parliament, the Department of Health has said in response to a junior doctor’s open letter.
The department was responding on behalf of the government to a letter sent by Janis Burns, a junior doctor, to the prime minister, David Cameron. The letter, which was shared over 180 000 times on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1JcB8MR), was written in response to a speech made by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, last month. In his speech Hunt called for a seven day NHS and warned that around 6000 people died every year “because we do not have a proper seven day service in hospitals.”1 2
In her letter to the prime minister Burns said that she had been working in intensive care during the night at a weekend and so had …