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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:470

Two patients contract hepatitis B after surgery: Two patients in Scotland, one of whom has died, have been infected with hepatitis B after being operated on by a surgeon at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline. Mr Riaz Mohammed said, however, that he had followed the correct immunisation procedures and did not know that he was a carrier of the disease.

CHI calls for coordinating body for complaints about GPs: The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) wants closer accountability of GPs by health authorities or primary care trusts after an investigation into the conviction of Loughborough GP Peter Green last year. Green was convicted on nine counts of sexual abuse against five male patients. Complaints had been made to various bodies over a 12 year period (

GP struck off register after carrying out damaging plastic surgery: A GP who left his patients deformed and in agony after plastic surgery has been struck off the medical register by the General Medical Council. Dr Thomas Norton from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, who performed the operations in 1993 and 1994, did so despite having no previous training in surgery.

UK health department wants to speed up negligence claims: The Department of Health has issued a consultation paper on ways of speeding up clinical negligence claims in the NHS after the revelation that legal costs were often greater than the amounts paid in settlements. One proposal is for fixed tariffs for clinical errors (

BMA reluctant to endorse shorter courses: The BMA wants to see more research before it will endorse shortening graduate and undergraduate medical degree programmes by one year. (

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