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UK conceals vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) surgery risks: paternalism or cover-up?

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

A scientist involved in UK government-commissioned research into the state of decontamination and sterilisation facilities in hospitals and the associated risk of surgical transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) claims he was ordered to keep an interim report confidential and to destroy all evidence of the investigation, so "disturbing" were the initial findings. Scottish health authorities, however, published the report, which calls for "urgent action to remedy a series of major deficiencies".





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