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  • India sterilisation drugs 'were contaminated'

    Monday 24th November 2014

    A minister in India's Chhattisgarh state has confirmed that drugs given to 15 women who died after sterilisation surgery were contaminated. Health Minister Amar Agrawal said tests showed that they contained zinc phosphide - a substance that is also used in rat poison. The doctor who carried out t...

  • NHS highlights surgeon performance data

    Wednesday 19th November 2014

    Performance data for almost 5,000 surgeons in England has been released by the NHS in a move towards greater transparency. Using the MyNHS website, patients can search for information, including mortality rates for individual specialists. But some surgeons say the data may be "crude and misleadin...

  • Leeds children's heart surgery halted by 'incomplete' data

    Thursday 30th October 2014

    The decision to suspend children's heart surgery in Leeds was based on "invalidated and incomplete data", but was made "in the interests of patient safety", a report has found. Operations at the hospital's unit were halted in 2013 when NHS England raised concerns about data on mortality rates. Ho...

  • Dr John Mayer: Children's heart surgery on all-island basis 'would work'

    Tuesday 21st October 2014

    A leading international surgeon who has advised on the future of children's heart surgery in Northern Ireland has said there is a real willingness to make an "all-island" solution work. In 2013, Dr John Mayer, was asked by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to review existing services. ...

  • Children's heart surgery to move from Belfast to Dublin

    Tuesday 14th October 2014

    Northern Ireland's health minister has backed the establishment of an all-Ireland children's heart surgery centre in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. It means surgery in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital will cease. Jim Wells made the announcement to the assembly on Tuesday, following a review ...

 
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