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Anaesthetist's `fatal errors'

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl died in the dentist's chair after an anaesthetist failed to follow basic procedures, a disciplinary hearing was told yesterday.

Drug tie-up boosts biotech group

THE EXTREME volatility of the drug and biotechnology sectors was thrown into sharp focus yesterday.

Surgery raises ethical question

THE LIMITS to which people will go in the interests of medical science are to be tested in an extreme trial of a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Music: lyric sheets martin newell

The cast of 'Casualty' are at number 5 in the single charts with a cover version of the 30-year-old Love Affair hit, 'Everlasting Love'.

Doctors who make cutting remarks called to account operating theatre

Doctors who make insulting remarks about patients on the operating table risk being found out when the general anaesthetic fails to work, researchers report today.

Kids out

From Wet and Wild at the Science Museum (0171-938 8000), to Something Beastly at Hampton Court Palace (0181-781 9500, left), there's something to satisfy all ages and tastes during this week's half-term. The Imperial War Museum (0171-416 5000), invites young'uns to enter the top secret world of espionage - assume a false identity, grab a fake passport and send classified information by morse code, while the Museum of London goes further back in time for its celebration of Tudor London (0171-600 3699). An altogether more grisly event is at The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garrett (0171-955 4791), where today at 2.30pm, children can relive the dread of surgery before anaesthetics, when the patient's only relief from the ordeal was the speed of the surgeon's blade. Nasty. Meanwhile, Wimbledon's Polka Theatre (0181-543 4888) rises to the occasion, as ever, with a new version of Aesop's fable, The Hare and the Tortoise.

BOC finally sells Ohmeda healthcare division for pounds 640m

Six months after putting its healthcare division, Ohmeda, up for sale, BOC, the industrial gases group, has finally sold it in a $1.05bn (pounds 640m) deal. The subsidiary is being bought by a consortium of buyers who will split the business between them.

Tuesday's book: Mass Listeria: The meaning of health scares by Theodore Dalrymple (Andre Deutsch, pounds 8.99)

Theodore Dalrymple is the improbably named, gloriously splenetic medical columnist of The Spectator and this book reads like his manifesto. He is a doctor with a mission, not to make people better, but to stop them feeling so tiresomely ill.

Literature: In the middle of a chain reaction

For many people, listening to performance poetry may be the equivalent of root-canal work. But Jem Rolls aims to change that perception with a high-quality line-up, including Stacy Makishi, and Kevin Jollie and his Singing Dad

Health: Dobson warns against plan to allow nurses to stand in for anaesthetists

The shortage of fully-trained anaesthetists could be tackled by training nurses to do the work it was suggested in an Audit Commission report yesterday.

NHS accused of letting patients suffer

The president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists yesterday accused health authorities and NHS trusts of failing to take patients' suffering seriously.

Health: Post-operative pain relief a matter of geography

Choosing the right hospital for your operation can dramatically reduce the pain you suffer as a result. Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, examines a major report into anaesthetic services in the National Health Service.

Around the world in 3 pregnancies

How do hospital births in Britain compare with what happens in the United States and France? Margaret St John, the wife of Independent on Sunday foreign correspondent John Lichfield, has had babies in Washington, London and Paris. Here she recounts her contrasting experiences

Health: Young teeth suffer lack of fluoride

Children in parts of the UK where fluoride is not added to water supplies have up to seven times more tooth decay than those living elsewhere, a report said today.
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