Flagship “seven day working” hospital doesn’t provide full seven day service, doctors say

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6842
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Doctors at a flagship NHS hospital cited by the UK government as one of the first to deliver routine services seven days a week have questioned ministers’ claims.

The prime minister, David Cameron, and the health secretary for England, Jeremy Hunt, have repeatedly hailed Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as the prototype for the government’s grand vision for full seven day working in the NHS.

Cameron told a press conference earlier this year that “everything is working at the weekend” in Salford and said that the trust’s working practices were an example for the whole NHS to follow.1 Hunt has been similarly effusive in his praise for Salford’s seven day working.2

But anonymous quotations from employees at the trust, collected by the GP …

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