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Police raid Italian hospitals

10th January 2007

17032006_corridor.jpgIn a probe sparked by investigative coverage in one of Italy's top magazines, Italian police have launched an extensive inspection of the country's hospitals in surprise hygiene checks, officials said.

Special health units of the carabinieri paramilitary police launched the public health raids after a reporter from l'Espresso magazine photographed rubbish in the corridors, unguarded radioactive material, abandoned medical records and patients exposed to secondary tobacco smoke.

The reporter got the story during a month's undercover work as a cleaner at the Umberto I Polyclinic in Rome.

The article caused a public outcry, with some politicians calling for the hospital to be closed.

Hospital director Ubaldo Montaguti admitted there were serious problems at Umberto I, but said it should be allowed to reform itself.


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