Inquiry into handling of CJD alert welcomed

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1055

The chief executive of Middlesbrough General Hospital welcomed the launch of an independent inquiry into the hospital's handling of an alert involving Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The alert arose when staff realised that instruments used on a patient who was later found to have the disease had been reused on 24 other patients.

Chief medical officer Liam Donaldson announced the inquiry last week as the Department of Health began frantically backtracking on its initial criticism of the hospital.

Having originally described the possible exposure of 24 patients to a risk of CJD infection as “an appalling incident” that reinforced the need …

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