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The seven-day NHS will end in tears

This isn’t a reform that voters have demanded. It is the government that have chosen to do this—and on scant evidence

By John McTernan  

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I sometimes wonder if it would be better if politicians were more like physicians. Imagine, for instance, if they always held to the rule “first, do no harm.” What a difference that would make.

For one thing they wouldn’t simply announce a three word slogan, such as “seven-day NHS,” and then hope that someone else could colour it in. For another, they wouldn’t take an important piece of research—like the paper on “Weekend hospitalisation and additional…

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