24-hour NHS hospital care plan 'irresponsible' - Tallis
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to make care in the NHS a 24/7 operation, but some doctors say the proposals will not work in a service that is already overstretched.
Prof Raymond Tallis, a former doctor and author of NHS SOS, gets on his soapbox to explain why he thinks hospitals cannot offer a supermarket-style of customer service all-day, all-night and all over the weekend.
He said it would be "irresponsible to support" a 24/7 service now, amid staff cutbacks, casualty closures and some hospitals shutting, and a reorganisation of the health services across England,
Prof Tallis reckoned that upgrading out-of-hours facilities could lead to downgraded services on weekdays.
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03 Jul 2013