Is it time for the NHS to be fully staffed 7 days a week?

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Is it time for the NHS to be fully staffed 7 days a week?

In theory, NHS in-patient care is provided on a 24 hour / 7 days a week basis.  This may be so. however, specialist staff - such as Consultants - are often only on call at weekends.  Essential equipment is often unavailable because the specialist staff needed to operate the equipment do not work at weekends. With people falling ill on any day of the week, the Herald newspaper recently reported that in 2011, research company Dr Foster found a "worrying" 10% spike in deaths at weekends compared with weekdays, across 147 hospital trusts in England.

The issue has been highlighted this time in Scotland with the Chair of the Scottish Patients Association asking perhaps now is the time for the NHS to be a service like other public services and be fully staffed 7 days a week?