Clinical commissioning groups in London have given their providers until April 2014 to meet new quality standards in emergency and maternity services.
NHS England’s London region has asked trusts in the capital to re-assess whether they comply with the standards, which were drawn up to align with recommendations from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
When London providers were last audited against the standards in February none achieved full compliance.
The standards include senior consultant cover and access to diagnostic facilities over the weekend.
NHS England London region medical director Andy Mitchell and the chair of London’s GP Clinical Commissioning Council Howard Freeman this week wrote to trusts asking them to report whether they met quality standards. These covered areas including acute medicine, emergency general surgery, emergency departments, critical care, the fractured neck of femur pathway, paediatric emergency medicine and surgery and maternity services.
Anne Rainsberry, London’s regional director of NHS England, said: “The weekend variation in outcomes used to be greatest for stroke services but by redesigning this service across London there is now no variation for that pathway. This shows it is possible to make improvements and eradicate the ‘weekend effect’.
“We have made the introduction of these standards in emergency care and maternity services a priority.”