If everyone elects for or demands elective care at weekends cover Monday to Friday will presumably be degraded and capacity presumably underused.
There is a question that has been troubling me for some time now. I think I have worked out the answer but if I am right it is deeply disturbing.
Why does our government have such a fixation about providing a 7 day elective (non emergency) NHS?
Now let me be perfectly clear about this. They are talking about non emergency services – getting your family planning advice on a Saturday afternoon and your varicose vein operation on a Sunday morning. Cameron was unequivocal in his speech to the Tory Spring Conference in Manchester last year. He said “with a future Conservative government, we would have a truly 7 day NHS” and that “everyone will have access to the NHS services they need 7 days a week by 2020 – the first country in the world to make this happen”.
Let me also be perfectly clear that the proposed changes…
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