Seven day NHS: A reality or a fantasy gone too far?

The NHS is considered one of the best health care systems in the world. However many have criticized the service for not providing services such as GP appointments on a weekend which can result in A&E taking in more patients because they are unable to get a GP appointment during the week.

David Cameron has now promised a ‘truly seven-day NHS’ by 2020 saying that more top hospitals must provide top-level treatment on weekends like they do on weekdays, as statistics show the mortality rates on those admitted Saturday and Sunday were much higher than those who were admitted to hospital on a Wednesday .However can this amazing promise made by the Prime Minister be made a reality, or a promise gone too far.

Providing top-level NHS care seven days a week by 2020, could become a reality if organised efficiently and fairly. They would need to plan to get the right amount of staff, finances and resources to deliver this promise and make it work.  The Nuffield trust has said that by 2020 the NHS will need £30 billion a year more than it is already getting.

In my opinion I don’t see how GP services can be improved by 2020, with the vast majority of medical students decide to pursue other specialisms of medicine. Jeremy Hunt has said that he wants half of all newly qualified doctors to chose general practice. However this  may not even be enough to maintain needed services let along expand them.

So overall David Camerons promise (Just like any promise) of a seven-day NHS was made with the best of intentions. I think if they increase the amount of staff on nights and weekends in hospital they could provide better and more efficient care. However I struggle to see  how GP services can be improved as again many newly qualified doctors are deciding not to become GPs and many patients are left waiting for up to a month to enable them to get a ten minute appointment.

Is this a promise gone too far? Only time will tell.

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