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Letters Weekend staffing and mortality

Use consultants only for critically ill patients at weekends

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2433
  1. Richard Ian Shepherd, consultant in acute medicine1
  1. 1Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield WF1 4DG, UK
  1. richard{at}

Using Dr Foster’s publicly available relative risk data, my hospital also shows an association with increased mortality at weekends by age, length of stay, and certain comorbidities.1 It is unclear without multivariate regression analysis that senior input is an independent predictor.

No doubt there will still …

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