Research has found that people admitted to hospital at weekends or out of hours for a heart attack are more likely to die.

The study, undertaken by scientists at Aston University, compared the mortality rates and length of hospital stay across 25,000 heart attack patients.

It found that of the 10,500 patients admitted to hospital for a heart attack during normal working hours, 36.5% survived. The average length of time spent in hospital was 5.9 days.

But of the 15,000 patients who were admitted to hospital at the weekend or out of hours, 39.1% died. The average stay in hospital was also longer, amounting to an average of 7.8 days.

The data supports government calls for seven day working weeks for consultants.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Patients deserve the same high quality care every day, which is why we want more consultant presence at the weekend to make urgent and emergency care consistent for patients throughout the week.”

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