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BMJ Research: Surgery at End of Week More Risky

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29 May 2013

The British Medical Journal has today issued the findings of research examining the association between mortality and the day of elective surgical procedure in the NHS in England.

The study suggests there is a higher risk of death for patients who have elective surgical procedures carried out later in the working week and at the weekend.

Commenting on this, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Graham Layer said:

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh welcomes the recent BMJ report into the apparent association between mortality and the day of an elective surgical procedure. This is an important contribution, albeit retrospective, to the on-going debate in this area. It again highlights the need for further work to understand the many complex and interacting factors behind the variations shown in the research, in order that mortality rates can be further reduced.

"RCSEd contributed to the Academy of Medical Royal College's report on 'Seven Day Consultant Present Care', which recommended three patient-centred standards that should be adopted in order to deliver consistent patient care irrespective of the day of the week."

To read the BMJ report, please visit the BMJ website.

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