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Hospitals to spend £200m to prevent spread of vCJD

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 13 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:68
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    British hospitals have been told to update their sterilisation equipment amid fears that surgical instruments could transmit variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

    The government has allocated £200m ($300m) for the purchase of new sterilisation equipment and has ordered hospitals to perform all future tonsillectomies with single use instruments, at a cost of £25m annually.

    The Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) first recommended increased …

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