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UK operating theatre practitioners seek regulation

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7204.214e (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:214
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Measures to increase the regulation of the United Kingdom's 8000 operating theatre practitioners were introduced in a 10 minute rule bill due to be read in the House of Commons as the BMJwent to press.

    The bill highlighted what were described as “the on-going risks to patients created by the lack of statutory registration and regulation.” The Association of Operating Department Practitioners, which currently operates a voluntary register, has been trying for more than 10 years to get formal regulation introduced …

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