Why is this you may ask?
Well, it's because it seems that there are more errors in hospitals at a weekend leading to a higher mortality rate, and poorer service. Perhaps this is because there are less staff present, leading to more errors on a weekend?
Whatever the reason, hospitals are starting to move towards a 7 day service. There's also the fact that operating theatres are less used on a Saturday or Sunday at present and this represents a good increase in productivity if they're used fully over a weekend.
This will have a big impact on staff in hospitals as they will all eventually become sort of shift workers... This is a major change for hospitals with huge challenges.
Community pharmacy has always been a 7 day per week profession.
Many pharmacies are open over the weekend although overall provision is less than during the normal week-days. We've heard recently, however, that the Prime-Minister has promised a 7 day GP week by 2020...this will have a major impact on pharmacy costs as the work load will be spread over more days...Let's hope funding follows!
It's important that everyone ensures that they have a good work/life balance!