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Seven day service doesn’t improve clinical outcomes, researchers find

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 11 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3874
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Reorganising hospital services to create a seven day NHS would not improve clinical outcomes, researchers have concluded.

The paper, published in BMC Health Services Research, said that adverse clinical outcomes at the weekend might not be lessened by large scale reorganisation designed to create seven day services.1

In December 2012 NHS England outlined plans for seven day access of patients to NHS services.2 In 2013 the national medical director, Bruce Keogh, and his colleagues at …

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