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Brexit will hamper introduction of seven day hospital services, expert warns

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4038
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union would make it more difficult to bring in seven day services in hospitals, an expert has warned.

Julian Bion, chief investigator of a research project looking at the provision of emergency, specialist led care at weekends, said it could take 20 years before seven day services were successfully introduced.1 Speaking at a Science Media Centre briefing in London on Monday 18 July, he said that seven day services were “unachievable with current funding, and post-Brexit it’s going to be even more …

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