Government should think again about prioritising seven day NHS services, King’s Fund says

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 11 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3860
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The government needs to reconsider its commitment to delivering seven day NHS services and to review key waiting time targets if the priority for the NHS is to reduce its deficit, the King’s Fund think tank has said.

The NHS ended the 2015-16 financial year with an unprecedented deficit of £1.85bn (€2.2bn; $2.4bn), a figure three times that of the previous year, despite stringent financial controls and short term measures implemented by the government and NHS bodies to reduce costs.

A briefing document from the King’s Fund, called Deficits in the NHS, said that the deficit did not result from mismanagement in specific organisations but illustrated a …

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