Proper NHS funding is needed, rather than unfunded gimmicks like 7 day working, says @drmarielouise

National Health Action Party candidate for South West Surrey Dr Louise Irvine talks to Channel 4 News about the need for proper NHS funding rather than unfunded gimmicks like 7 day working.

Here is an interesting study from Dublin showing people admitted at weekend are sicker, hence increased 30 day mortality: The increased mortality associated with a weekend emergency admission is due to increased illness severity and altered case-mix. The study concludes.

Patients admitted at the weekend had an approximate 11% increased 30-day in-hospital mortality, compared with a weekday admission. However, admission at the weekend was not independently predictive in a risk model that included Illness Severity (age and biochemical markers) and co-morbidity. Sicker patients, with a worse outcome, are admitted over the weekend; these considerations should inform the allocation of healthcare resources.

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