The BBC and The Telegraph both reported the release of the publication from the Royal College of Physicians report entitled ‘An evaluation of consultant input into acute medical admissions management in England’. The BBC lead with Seven-day consultant cover ‘best’. Senior doctors should be in hospitals for at least 12 hours a day, seven days a week, a leading medical college has said. Please click here for the BBC article
The Telegraph ran with the article headline Traditional hospital rotas ‘putting lives at risk’. Almost four in 10 hospitals are not providing any consultant cover at weekends due to “traditional” working practices, a report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has found.
The RCP report acknowledged pH Associates for their role in the preparation of the report and calmly and efficiently steering the project over the pitfalls and hurdles in its way. In summary, a survey of over 100 hospitals in England by the Royal College of Physicians has shown for the first time that patients have better outcomes and are less likely to be readmitted to hospital if cared for on wards where the physicians practising acute medical care:
- are on call for more than one day at a time
- have no other routine duties during that time
- do two or more ward rounds per day in the acute medical unit (AMU)
- are present in the (AMU) for more than 4 hours for 7 days