050307-N-8796S-070Banda Aceh Indonesia (Mar 07 2005)-- A patients X-ray hangs over the bed as Dr Elizabeth Mclarney, an orthopedic surgeon from the non-governmental organization "Project HOPE", performs surgery on an Indonesian patient alongside Indonesian medical professionals at the Tentera Nasional Indonesia Military Hospital in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The surgery was successful in removing metal plates and screws from the patients leg as well as a piece of wire from the patients jaw, following reconstructive surgery eight years ago. The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and its crew of medical and support personnel, civilian mariners, Uniformed Public Health Service and the NGO, ìProject HOPEî have been operating off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia providing assistance to international relief organizations and host nation medical teams ashore in tsunami affected areas. US Navy Photo By Photographer's Mate Second Class Timothy Smith

NHS faces legal bill after problems with private eye operations

Dozens of people have been left with impaired vision, pain and discomfort after undergoing operations provided by a private healthcare company at the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset.

The family of an 84-year-old man who, it is claimed, has lost his sight is calling for a full independent inquiry. It has emerged that half of the 60 patients who underwent surgery have suffered complications.

The private provider, Vanguard Healthcare, was contracted to carry out routine cataract operations in May 2014 to help to reduce a backlog at the Somerset hospital. The contract with Vanguard Healthcare was terminated four days after 30 patients, most elderly and some frail, reported complications, including blurred vision, pain and swelling. Lawyers have been contacted by some of those that have suffered complications to discuss seeking compensation, which raises the prospect of an NHS hospital picking up the bill for procedures done by a private health company.

Full story in The Guardian, 14 August 2014

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