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NHS: Working Hours

Question for Department of Health

UIN 8064, tabled on 20 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015, HCWS114, on NHS Remuneration: Doctors and Dentists, what his definition is of a seven day health service.

Answered on

8 September 2015

The Government is committed to ensuring that patients can get the same high quality of care seven days a week.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s statement of 16 July 2015, HCWS114, on NHS Remuneration: Doctors and Dentists discussed reforming the consultant contract in order to support seven day hospital services. A seven day hospital service would mean that, by 2020, all patients admitted to hospital at the weekend will get the urgent and emergency treatment they need; and those who are already receiving treatment and care will get it to the same high standards at weekends as during the week.