NHS will order doctors to work at weekends

16 Dec

ImageHere is a list of my objections to the proposal by Commissioning Board medical director Sir Bruce Keogh announced in today’s Sunday Times for general practice in UK to be open for business at weekends



  1. For GP, it may be practices, not doctors ordered to be “open”
  2. Cannot see this working unless adequate resources released to pay the support staff, let alone the extra doctors. And the support staff will need to agree to work too!
  3. Will not be helpful for patients unless hospital services are also fully open for business when we are. At least Bruce Keogh understands this
  4. The idea that this is necessary is politically driven and not based on evidence. Accept that some areas may benefit from this (e.g. inner city populations) but rural areas and leafy suburbs unlikely to benefit.

It would be better to spend the money on a EHR which OOH GPs can access at any time (and write in!) – allows centralised OOH service allowing those who wish to work unsocial hours to do so.

In short, the proposal should be strongly resisted at the present time. Doctors (and nurses) need to be nurtured not threatened to get the best from us!

Finally, does the public really want their GPs to be available 7 days a week?

3 Responses to “NHS will order doctors to work at weekends”

  1. maturinuk December 16, 2012 at 19:57 #

    Update from BBC WEBSITE http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20748345?postId

    A group is to be set up to examine why the NHS in England cannot provide some routine services at weekends – like day surgery – the BBC understands.

    The NHS Commissioning Board is due to announce the move on Tuesday, when it publishes its planning guidance for the NHS for the first time.

    The group will include patient representatives, health providers and people from outside the health service.

    But the board has said it will not be forcing doctors to work weekends.

    The British Medical association said it was “open to discussion” about the changes….”

    • Dr Adrian McCauley December 19, 2012 at 17:28 #

      The NHS does work at weekends i.e GP’s on Call Centres .. Hospitals etc…lets not forget Life-Work balance that we encourage all our Patients to consider! What happens to Time management , rest , exercise and family Time!

  2. Kristine January 3, 2013 at 10:54 #

    Your way of describing everything in this piece of writing is actually good, every one be able to
    without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

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