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Tuesday 25th October 2016

Safety checks for private clinics

30th September 2009

Private clinics used to cut NHS waiting times in England are to undergo safety checks after a patient died during a routine operation.

Dr John Hubley bled to death during a gall bladder operation at Eccleshill Treatment Centre in Bradford in 2007. Evidence subsequently came to light that there were no emergency blood supplies on site and key medical equipment was unavailable. The Care Quality Commission is now planning to look into procedures at all Independent Sector Treatment Centres.


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