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Orthopaedists express concern about 7-day full coverage mandate in United Kingdom

Orthopaedists express concern about 7-day full coverage mandate in United Kingdom
Orthopaedics Today Europe, February 2016

The National Health Service in the United Kingdom is working toward true 7-day general practice coverage by 2020 to improve outcomes for emergency and urgent care, according to the health service. The mandate, however, has been criticized by some physicians who contend there are insufficient details about how the coverage will work and a lack of funding for such extensive services.

Stephen R. Cannon, MA, MCh Orth, FRCS, MRCOG, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore and past president of the European Federation of National Societies of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), told Orthopaedics Today Europe orthopaedic services are currently covered 7 days a week in the United Kingdom.

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