Patients who suffer a stroke at the weekends are more likely to die or be severely disabled than those who are admitted during the week due to inadequate patient care, a recent study has revealed.
The research was undertaken by Imperial College London in conjunction with the National Audit Office and showed that patients admitted to hospitals after a stroke on a weekend were less likely to receive vital brain scans which could avoid complications including death.
Senior staff are less likely to be on duty on a weekend which means that stroke patients will often not be seen by neurologist or geriatric specialist and are more likely to be treated by a GP o....
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