'Action Vital' To Improve NHS Weekend Service Following Damning Report

Legal Experts React To New Study


Specialist medical negligence lawyers have urged the Government and NHS to work together to improve weekend service in hospitals, after new research highlighted that patients admitted into hospital on a weekend are more likely to die. 

The study by a team from the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trusts and University College London found that around 11,000 more people die every year within 30 days of admission to hospital on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday compared with other days of the week. 

According to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the report presents a real “wake-up call” and the figures suggest the current situation with NHS weekend service is worse than initially thought. 

He added: "That's why we urgently need to modernise the contracts for new consultants to make sure NHS patients do not have to worry about a lack of senior clinical presence if they are admitted to hospital on a Saturday or Sunday." 

Responding to the figures, Julie Lewis, Partner and Medical Negligence expert , said:

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“All patients deserve the best care and treatment possible, regardless of when they are admitted to hospital. Sadly however, we do see many cases where opportunities to provide the best service to patients hasn’t happened - often resulting in devastating consequences.

“These new statistics show how important it is that every effort is made to improve the NHS weekend service.

“We would urge both the Government and the NHS to continue their efforts to do all they can to investigate how steps can be taken to ensure all patients get the highest possible standard of support. Safety must always be the priority.”
Julie Lewis, Partner