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Seven-day service initiative gathers pace

The NHS Services, Seven Days A Week Forum set up by NHS England earlier this year has reached a crucial stage in its work as it gathers evidence into how the NHS could move towards offering patients better, safer and high quality health care every day of the week.

Five workstreams established by the forum are investigating the benefits of providing  seven day services across the country, as well collating information on the challenges that such a move would inevitably throw up.

Finance and work force issues are being examined very closely, as these are key to helping commissioners and providers work together to improve outcomes for patients at weekends.

Other work streams are considering clinical standards, commissioning levers and future provider/service models.