The need for more Medical staff at weekends highlighted by leading surgeons

The Royal College of Surgeons admits that hospitals need to employ more surgeons and personnel who are willing to work on weekends and holidays. Having more personnel working during these days will significantly improve the safety of patients and leading surgeons added that the proposition should be looked into, especially considering the latest issues regarding patient safety in many health facilities.

The idea for this change was inspired by an NHS chief who stated that health facilities in the UK should learn from the likes of major supermarkets and offer patients full services, scans and operations on weekends. The plans for the future change will be announced this week and it is expected that family doctors and consultants will have to re-organise their work hours in order to be available seven days a week.

Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the National Health Service, said that health facilities were wasting money by leaving their equipment and facilities unused on weekends. In his opinion, making scans and operations available on weekends will attract more elderly patients and make the hospital’s services more convenient. Keogh’s official proposal will be revealed this week, but it is expected that many doctors won’t appreciate the condition he’ll propose.

Surgeon leaders released a statement saying that health facilities aren’t as simple as Tesco and they shouldn’t consider following the steps of a retailer. However, they agree that there must be more medical consultants who are working on weekends. The lack of proper healthcare on weekends is often blamed for the higher death rates during Saturdays and Sundays.

A study shows that patients who are accepted in the hospital on Saturday are 16% more likely to die than those who are arrive on a Wednesday. Also, more patients accepted on Saturdays die from a stroke. Sir Bruce Keogh finally said that the current organisation of the NHS is more suitable for the staff rather than their patients.