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Italy's patients with AIDS revolt

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:893

An unprecedented revolt by patients with AIDS at a hospital for infectious diseases in Naples has shown that the reforms of Italy's national health service have so far failed to improve conditions in its southern hospitals. Last month over 50 patients infected with HIV smashed windows and threatened to cut their wrists in a violent protest against the standard of their care.

According to both patients and nurses, the Cotugno Hospital is short of syringes and drugs and there are not enough staff to look after patients. The incident confirms that this year's partial privatisation of Italy's hospitals has done little to remove the inefficiency that plagues management in …

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