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Hospital is fined £100 000 for failing to supervise junior staff

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:930
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    An English hospital trust was last week fined £100 000 (€145 000; $175 000) after pleading guilty to failing to supervise two junior doctors in an orthopaedic ward where a patient died of toxic shock syndrome after a simple knee operation.

    Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust was also ordered to pay £10 000 towards the costs of the health and safety prosecution after the death of Sean Phillips, 31, at Southampton General Hospital in June 2000.

    The fine, which will have to come from the budget for patient care, is a blow to the trust, which overspent by …

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