I don't like Mondays (after bank holidays)

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1325
  1. Peter Kirkbride, clinical director (
  1. radiation services, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

    Although everyone, to some extent, lives their life according to the days of the week, this phenomenon is perhaps most noticeable in the NHS. If it's Tuesday, it must be theatre/clinic/wardround. This is never so clear as in spring, when each hospital in the United Kingdom has to cancel a disproportionate number of activities scheduled for a Monday because of three bank holidays (Easter, May Day, Whitsun) occurring within a couple of months.

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    We don't like Mondays either, sang punk band the Boomtown Rats


    Anyone who has come into contact with the NHS Modernisation Agency recently will know that it has identified one of the biggest problems leading to prolonged waiting times as a mismatch of capacity and demand. …

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