Hospitals to spend £200m to prevent spread of vCJDBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7278.68/a (Published 13 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:68
- Owen Dyer
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 …