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Full seven day NHS service is unachievable in near future, conference hears

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4903 (Published 11 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4903
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Providing full seven day services for every kind of service offered in the NHS looks “unachievable” in the near future, a leading NHS policy expert has said.

Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy for NHS Providers, the membership organisation for NHS service providers, said that the government had to be clearer about what it meant by its seven day service provision and questioned its affordability.

She also warned that patients could be misled by the policy and that their expectations would have to be managed well or the NHS risked “setting ourselves up to fail.” She queried whether the plans could be …

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