Contract doctor gave fatal overdose
This is about how a doctor working for an NHS contractor gave a 70-year-old patient a fatal overdose of diamorphine (heroin), apparently due to lacking concentration due to having only had three hours of sleep before starting his shift and having to make a circumnavigation of East Anglia during the night, on the “wrong” side of the road and without a navigation system. Even taking into account the fact that most of the roads he would have had to use were dual carriageways, I can well believe that NHS contractors (this company was a subcontractor of a subcontractor) are requiring people to work in unreasonable and stressful conditions to keep costs down, as I have personally done home deliveries for a contractor in London, and I’ve never had a delivery round which lasted less than twelve hours despite a quoted finishing time of much less than that. These sorts of disasters will go on until those who run the NHS realise that profit-making companies only care about the bottom line, not about quality or anything else that cannot be measured in pounds and pence.
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