Some Implications of Seven Day Hospital Services Explored

The Nuffield Trust’s “London Quality Standards” report evaluates recently introduced standards to improve acute and emergency care in London hospitals | Dementia and Elderly Care News

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London-wide experiments with Seven Day Services Standards are soon to feature in STPs elsewhere in the UK. These standards specify various minimum requirements, including regular consultant review during out-of-hours and at the weekends.

This study found little evidence of benefits for patients. Threats to impose weekend working standards might be counter-productive, say the authors.

“We saw some deficiencies in hospitals’ ability to manage complex changes, and evidence of a deep disconnect between frontline staff and top managers. The use of reconfiguration as a ‘stick’ to drive the standards de-motivated staff, and eventually came to be seen as an empty threat”.

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