In July 2015 the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, delivered a speech, ‘Making healthcare more human-centred and not system-centred’.
In this speech, he outlined his commitment to seven-day care and highlighted variation in outcomes associated with weekend hospitalisation.
The experimental statistics presented in this report are being published to provide a starting point for discussions on how we can effectively measure both improvement and variation in care provision across the week.
Users of these experimental statistics are invited to comment on these findings. In particular, we invite users to consider how they can use this information to improve care, and how NHS Digital can improve these statistics to provide better information to drive improvements in care.