NHS doctors to be forced to work weekends for the first time in push for improved seven-day a week care

NHS doctors to be forced to work weekends for the first time in push for improved seven-day a week care Oupatients appointments and surgical procedures could be carried out on Saturdays and Sundays for the first timeThe shake up is part of plans by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the new NHS Commissioning Board | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 16 December 2012 Seven days: Sir Bruce Keogh plans to introduce seven day working to the NHS Doctors could be forced to work at weekends under plans to create a health service with supermarket-style opening hours. Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS’s medical director, said that patients, like shoppers, should be entitled to the same quality of service on Saturday and Sunday as during the week. He said it was no longer acceptable for hospitals and GPs’ surgeries to operate for the convenience of their staff at the expense of patients and that clinics and day case operations should be available seven days a week.

Average train fare has gone up 26% since start of recession: Unions and passenger groups prepare to protest against high prices

Average train fare has gone up 26% since start of recession: Unions and passenger groups prepare to protest against high prices | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 11 December 2012 Average train fares have increased almost three times faster than wages, new research revealed today, with prices now 26% higher than they were before the recession. Unions said the study, published to mark nationwide protests against high fares, showed how commuters and other passengers were suffering “transport poverty”