The government’s “utopian” plan for a seven-day NHS is doomed to failure due to a lack of doctors, money and diagnostic testing services, the leader of England’s hospital doctors has warned.
Prof Jane Dacre’s gloomy prognosis is a blow to David Cameron’s key election pledge of turning the NHS into a seven-day service by 2020 in order to improve patients’ quality of care.
Deepening shortages of NHS medics and the inadequacy of vital support services – especially in social care – to allow patients to be discharged, means the promise is unrealistic, especially with the service’s £2bn deficit, Dacre said.
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