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CSP responds to plans for seven-days-a-week services

Any move to introduce more seven-day working in the NHS must include a proper consultation and involve staff, the CSP has said.

Following an announcement from the new NHS Commissioning Board that seven-day hospital services should become routine, the CSP has insisted that any developments must be service driven, and must ensure that proper workforce planning is included.

The commissioning board announced in December that a review by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh would look at how to improve access to services.

The review will initially focus on diagnostics and emergency care.

CSP research and policy officer Penny Bromley also said any move to wider seven-day working must ensure that staff have a choice on whether or not to work at weekends, and they must not be expected to work too many weekends; Agenda for Change unsocial hours must be paid for staff working at weekends; and that staff must not be sent to work out-of-hours in areas or departments that do not suit their skills.

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