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Consultants should be available to admit patients to hospital 12 hours a day

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 06 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7021
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Hospital trusts should urgently review consultants’ rotas to ensure that acutely ill patients admitted outside normal working hours get optimal care from a senior doctor, says the Royal College of Physicians.

In a position statement on the care of patients out of hours, issued on 2 December, the college says that it is “concerned with the mounting evidence of substandard care delivered to patients who are admitted to hospital in the evening and at the weekend.” It believes this to be related to a lack of consultants to manage these patients outside normal working hours and cites the failure of job plans to balance the demands of elective and emergency work and to reflect …

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