The stories continue to mount suggesting that a full 7 day NHS service is needed to provide the best services in public health. Although the statistics have not specifically linked to lower staff levels, our experience of investigating birth injuries suggests that lower staffing levels is almost always present when a birth injury occurs.
Parents cannot choose the best day of the week for their child to be born. It happes when it happens. Even if a correlation cannot be specifically proven, a 7 day service deserves investment and hopefully the statisitic will change.
Babies born in hospitals in England at the weekends have a "significantly" greater chance of dying than those born on weekdays, researchers say.A study of more than 1.3 million births found there were 7.1 deaths per 1,000 babies delivered at weekends.This was 7% higher than on weekdays.The Imperial College London team said if all days had the same death rate as Tuesday, which has the lowest, there would be 770 fewer deaths per year.The researchers said that while the death rates were low, the difference was significant and raised fresh concerns about standards of care at the weekend.