Mortality Rates Increase in Hospitals for Patients Admitted on Bank Holidays

NHSA recent report has revealed that the emergency patients admitted on weekends have higher mortality rates. Chances of death increases by 50% if admitted on bank holidays, says report.

The research has been under the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. It was carried from January 2008 to December 2010. It reiterates a nationwide report that spoke about the dangers of being admitted in the hospitals for weekends.

According to the report, the death rate for bank holiday admissions was 11.3%, compared with 8.7% for admissions on normal working days.

Conclusions drawn from the report have not come as surprise for the doctors or nurses working in hospitals in the UK at the moment. NHS has already been campaigning for a '7 day NHS' for some years. NHS Dumfries and Galloway have been successful in reducing mortality in standardised hospital up to 15.8% since 2008.

The Royal College of Physicians has provided a solution to prevent the problem. According to them, an ideal solution to the problem is having another 10,000 consultants across the UK. They also agree that it is not a realistic solution especially in these times.

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