Roger Taylor from Dr Foster
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Hospital death rates 'up at weekends' says Dr Foster study

Patients who are admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to die than those admitted during the week, according to a study.

Research company Dr Foster came to this conclusion after finding a 10% spike in deaths compared with weekdays across 147 hospital trusts.

It said some deaths could have been avoided with better staffing and access to services such as diagnostics.

Roger Taylor, co-founder and director of research at Dr Foster, said the findings were "very worrying".

  • 28 Nov 2011