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James Bell: Weekend worry for NHS patients

By Principal Lawyer, Clinical Negligence

A study by the Royal Society of Medicine reveals that patients are 16% more likely to die if they are admitted at the weekend. This backs up the general views of clinical negligence lawyers and coroners over recent years.This is a definitive study - 14.2 million patients.The question now is how senior staff react to this and whether the NHS is genuinely prepared to change years of culture and now offer an effective weekend service.http://m.guardian.co.uk/ms/p/gnm/op/s1yvLiZSjWizrrz3VgWirMw/view.m?id=15&gid=society/2012/feb/03/hospital-patients-risk-weekends&cat=top-storiesJames Bell is a Partner in the Russell Jones & Walker clinical negligence team. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email enquiries@slatergordon.co.uk and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch. 

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