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Nhs Seven-Day Plans Will Fail Without More Resources, Warns Doctors' Chief

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The government’s “utopian” plan for a seven-day NHS is doomed to failure due to a lack of doctors, money and diagnostic testing services, the leader of England’s hospital doctors has warned.

Prof Jane Dacre’s gloomy prognosis is a blow to David Cameron’s key election pledge of turning the NHS into a seven-day service by 2020 in order to improve patients’ quality of care.

Deepening shortages of NHS medics and the inadequacy of vital support services – especially in social care – to allow patients to be discharged, means the promise is unrealistic, especially with the service’s £2bn deficit, Dacre said.

In an interview with the Guardian, the president of the Royal College of Physicians said: “I certainly have concerns about our capacity – not our capability – but our capacity to deliver some of the manifesto promises, particularly in an environment where we’re constantly being told how difficult it’s going to be financially.

“This idealised utopian NHS where you can have seven-day services, access to care seven days a week … sounds brilliant, but I suppose the best predictor of future performance is past performance.

“And it’s difficult to see how that vision is achievable in the length of time that we’ve been given to achieve it. There are an awful lot of things that need to be fixed before we can start moving onto the big picture,” Dacre added.

I think the political point is for the NHS to fail with a 7 day a week service so we can all be sold private insurance and create a multi-tier health care system like in the US which is all privately brilliant. The idea is for the NHS to fail.

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