Research and analysis

Higher risk of death associated with weekend hospitalisation

The note sets out the approach taken to estimate the number of excess deaths associated with weekend admissions to hospital.

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This document supports the following statement in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech Making healthcare more human-centred and not system-centred : “Around 6,000 people lose their lives every year because we do not have a proper 7 day service in hospitals.”

Published 13 August 2015