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NHS patients have cataract operations reviewed after private treatment

Nineteen NHS patients have had the outcome of their cataract surgery reviewed after at least two had problems with their eyes following operations at a private hospital.

The private provider concerned has offered its “sincere apologies to all patients that suffered complications” from their operations – an incident that will intensify the political debate over outsourcing NHS services.

The problems arising from a new contract between NHS and private hospitals in south Devon came just weeks after it emerged that dozens of people who underwent similar procedures at a private provider in Somerset in May had suffered complications following their operations.

Full story in The Guardian, 1 September 2014

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