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France urged to close high risk operating theatres

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:992
  1. Brad Spurgeon
  1. Paris

    A report commissioned by the French health ministry has recommended the immediate closure of operating theatres in 113 small public hospitals around the country.

    Patients having surgery in these small hospitals are at risk, the report said, because they have poor facilities and their surgical teams lack appropriate experience as they do not operate often enough.

    The findings of the report, written by Dr Guy Vallancien, secretary general of the National Surgical Council, a health ministry advisory group, were made public last week by the daily newspaper Le Monde.

    “Certain local …

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