Seven-day all-round care is a welcome move

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A MOVE to have seven-day all-round care is being supported by a governor of the trust that runs Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Yesterday, NHS England revealed hospitals will have to ensure senior doctors and key diagnostic tests are available seven days a week.

The move is in a bid to tackle higher death rates that are reported at weekends.

The changes will be brought in to urgent and emergency services over the next three years. But Councillor Will Purvis, a governor for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said that the work is already being carried out at QA.

He said: ‘It makes perfect sense, and we already have some of that work going on in our emergency department, because of increased admissions.

‘People should expect to have the same level of care at weekends as weekdays.’