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The "weekend effect" and a seven day NHS

Does being admitted to hospital at the weekend increase your risk of dying?

An Editor's Choice article published in September 2015 called for "a dispassionate look at the existing evidence, a focused effort to improve the evidence base, and a collaborative debate about the best response."

The BMJ has covered the debate about the so-called "weekend effect" in response to calls for the NHS in England to provide more senior consultant cover at weekends, and subsequent industrial action by the BMA's junior doctor members. Articles have appeared in the journal, BMJ Careers, and as blog posts.

The seven day NHS and "weekend effect" debate

Access articles in the The BMJ's about the "weekend effect" and junior doctors' strike in England

BMJ blogs

Why The BMJ rejected a "weekend effect" paper
Ted Willis: Seven days to save the NHS?
Abi Rimmer: Seven day services lack definition
Daniel Barrett: Will a seven day NHS push primary care recruitment from crisis to catastrophe?

Free articles from BMJ Careers


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