A 7/7 NHS: what price equity?

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A founding principle of the NHS is equal opportunity of treatment for those in equal need. It is this principle that underlies the way the NHS global budget is allocated across the country and the setting of nationwide standards and targets, for example.

And it is this principle – expressed as 'equality of treatment or clinical outcome regardless of the day of the week' – that underpins government policy to move towards a seven day NHS. But what does it mean in practical terms? What services need to be provided and at what cost?

Read the full article on the British Medical Journal website.