Concerns over weekend death rates at Bournemouth Hospital
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Following on from a blog written by my colleague, Malcolm Johnson, one of the hospital trusts named with high death rates at the weekend was the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch.
The Trust has been named as one of twelve in the UK with a worrying rise in death rates at the weekend. The data obtained has indicated that the high death rates could be the result of underlying problems with care at the Trust.
Health professionals have suggested that the issues may be the result of a lack of senior doctors being on duty, and reduced access to diagnostic services. The standard of medical treatment should not be dependent on what day of the week it is, nor where you live in the country. Patients should be able to expect a uniform standard of care from the NHS.
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