The majority of hospitals have made no plans to factor in Jeremy Hunt’s major changes to the NHS which will see seven day care and huge changes to Junior Doctor conditions.
Four out of five NHS hospitals are not prepared to run extra weekend services, while those which have budgeted said they could need up to £8.5 million a year in fresh funding to pay for extra care.
The seven day care promise means young medics could be forced to work weekends without reward.
The Government has angered Junior Doctors by threatening to change their standard contract – a move that will result in a 30 per cent pay cut, longer working hours and worse conditions.
Of those 62 said they have made no preparations for increasing weekend services, whilst 35 are only just beginning to calculate costs and staffing needs.