The first stage objective is to establish a Forum and publish a report, in the autumn of 2013, identifying how there might be better access to routine services seven days a week. In this first stage, the review will focus on improving diagnostics and urgent and emergency care. It will include the consequences of the non-availability of clinical services across the seven day week and provide proposals for improvements to any shortcomings.
Without pre-judging the report, we envisage that the Forum’s conclusions may point to the need for consequent action, beyond autumn 2013, and outside the current scope of the Forum to:
- consider the potential improvement in health outcomes that might arise from seven day services in other specialties and other parts of the health and social care system; and
- design and offer a programme of support for clinical commissioners.