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Patient deaths due to lack of staff

21st September 2011

A report from NHS London has revealed that hundreds of people die every year in the capital due to a lack of hospital consultants available at weekends.

It showed there were more than 500 avoidable deaths in emergency care in the capital every year and that “reduced service provision at weekends” was associated with this higher mortality rate. The authority’s “Acute medicine and emergency general surgery - case for change” report was compiled for NHS London in the spring and focused on the care adult patients receive on a general ward after being admitted for emergency treatment.

 

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