Are junior doctors the root cause of the 'weekend effect'?
Researchers may have solved the mystery of the ‘weekend effect’, where patients admitted to hospital on a weekend have a higher risk of death.
University of Cambridge-led statisticians reviewed the 30-day mortality rate for 424,800 ED attendances (patients over 16) at one teaching hospital in a bid to find a reason for the weekend effect.
The phenomenon is responsible for an estimated 11,000 UK deaths annually.
In results published in the Emergency Medical Journal, they found the weekend