The seven day NHS

Fact checks about the idea of a seven day NHS and changes in health care services at weekends

20 October 2016

Is the “seven-day NHS” a fuss over nothing?

The government says going to hospital at the weekend is seriously bad for your health. A group of doctors disputes the evidence on this. What’s going on?

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Is the “seven-day NHS” a fuss over nothing?
4 October 2016

Can a "seven-day NHS" be paid for?

The government maintains it can pay for expanded "seven-day NHS" services with the money it has already planned to spend, but experts doubt this is possible.

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Can a "seven-day NHS" be paid for?
26 September 2016

What is a "seven-day NHS"?

Our introduction to a "seven-day NHS" and what the government’s plans are.

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What is a "seven-day NHS"?
24 February 2016

Junior doctors, the NHS, and European unemployment: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on junior doctors, weekend deaths, NHS funding, and unemployment in Europe.

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Junior doctors, the NHS, and European unemployment: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions
14 January 2016

Ask Full Fact: stroke patients and weekend deaths

Jeremy Hunt has said that people who have a stroke at the weekend are 20% more likely to die. Some of our readers asked us to investigate.

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Ask Full Fact: stroke patients and weekend deaths
4 December 2015

3 December's BBC Question Time, factchecked

We factchecked the panel's claims on junior doctors' pay, air strikes, the Syrian civil war, and excess deaths in hospitals at the weekend.

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3 December's BBC Question Time, factchecked
20 October 2015

No evidence 11,000 NHS weekend deaths are caused by understaffing

The Health Secretary has claimed that 11,000 weekend deaths are caused by understaffed hospitals, but the research he cites doesn't show this.

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No evidence 11,000 NHS weekend deaths are caused by understaffing
11 September 2015

Nobody knows how many lives could be saved by a seven-day NHS

It's claimed that better NHS care at weekends—the "7-day NHS"—could save 3,000 lives, or 6,000, or somewhere in between. In reality, nobody really knows.

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Nobody knows how many lives could be saved by a seven-day NHS
18 August 2015

Evidence for 6,000 weekend deaths published

The Department of Health has published evidence behind its claim that 6,000 deaths could be prevented by a 7 day NHS.

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Evidence for 6,000 weekend deaths published
16 July 2015

7-day NHS: no source yet for claims that 6,000 deaths a year could be avoided

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said 6,000 people a year die because hospitals don't offer a 7-day service, but the evidence for this hasn't been published

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7-day NHS: no source yet for claims that 6,000 deaths a year could be avoided

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