COMMENT - A sign of the times

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THE news that our hospital will have to provide full staff cover for seven days a week should come as no surprise in the 24/7 society we find ourselves in.

Shops are open all hours so why shouldn’t our hospitals be.

On the face of it, it certainly makes sense but there are rightly concerns as to how it can be achieved. There are grave concerns that our health services are being stretched to breaking point as it is and while there should be no less care on a weekend there is the small matter of staffing and cost which must be addressed.