Call for more hospital staff at weekends

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HOSPITALS should be staffed to the same level at evenings and weekends as they are during the week, senior doctors have said.

Medics, NHS managers and nursing staff have called for extra resources to be made available to ensure patients receive the same care regardless of when they are admitted to hospital.

It comes after research showed that patients were more likely to die when they were admitted to hospital at weekends and on public holidays.

Fewer than 25 per cent of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons members believe the current service provision over five days is adequate.

The Evening News has previously highlighted concerns over medical staff shortages during weekends, primarily at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.