Seven day services and the workforce

This article focuses on the steps that need to be considered to
prepare the NHS workforce for seven day working.
In a post -“Keogh” world, few if anyone doubt the benefits of a
seven day service. Looked at another way – the Keogh standard,
that all emergency patients shall be reviewed by a consultant
within 14 hours, suggests that a move towards seven day services
is not merely desirable but inevitable. The challenge then is how to
introduce relevant seven day service provision which will maximise
the benefits to patients and organisations whilst simultaneously
working within current resource levels and in large part with staff
with existing contracts