Responding to research published by the British Journal of Anaesthesia, which shows improved patient outcomes in Trusts that are better resourced and have higher staffing and bed numbers, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
| The findings suggest that more investment in hospital staff, beds and resources yields better outcomes for patients. |
| Dr Mark Porter|
“The findings suggest that more investment in hospital staff, beds and resources yields better outcomes for patients. This is in line with the BMA’s calls for greater investment in urgent and emergency care to ensure patients have access to high-quality care, seven days a week.
“Doctors of all grades work around the clock to provide emergency care. This paper shows that a shortage of resources across the board – doctors, nurses, hospital beds, operating theatres – is associated with poorer outcomes. The medical profession has been reporting this for decades but successive governments have overseen a reduction in the number of hospital beds and the current government is failing to provide the investment the NHS needs, with spending on healthcare falling behind that of other developed countries.
“Crucially, improving weekend care cannot be achieved by simply spreading five days’ worth of resource over seven. Better outcomes come with better investment in staff, beds and resources, as well as ensuring support services are in place across seven days.”