Patients are suffering shameful safety risks and higher death rates because the NHS is failing to provide proper care at weekends, a damning report will warn this week.
Health officials say patients are being left to feel “neglected and unsafe” in understaffed hospitals, and forced to endure long waits for tests and treatment because basic services are not available on Saturdays and Sundays.
A damning submission to the NHS Pay Review Body tells how the most vulnerable hospital patients are being exposed to major risks at weekends.
Cases cited by officials include one in which the parents of a mentally-ill patient on “suicide watch” were told they were in charge of her safety until NHS services resumed on Monday.
All a bit odd really, don’t you think? That an organisation with a 24/7 demand still works 9-5 5/7?
Couldn’t be because it is producer led rather than consumer responsive or anything, could it?