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When back-ups fail

When back-ups fail | this curious life | Scoop.it

TUBERCULOSIS is hardly a new scourge. Lately, however, the disease—caused by bacteria that travel through air and attack the lungs—has become much harder to treat.

 

'In total, 43.7% of the 1,278 patients did not respond to at least one so-called second-line drug, used when the most popular medicines fail. The results varied widely from one country to another. In Thailand the figure was 33.3%; in Latvia a staggering 62% of samples showed resistance.'

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Doctor from 'Dickensian' hostel suspended - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Doctor from 'Dickensian' hostel suspended - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
A doctor who treated boarding house residents where six mentally ill residents died is suspended, leaving authorities scrambling for replacement services.

 

Appalling medical 'care' and double standards for rights of tenants with mental illnesses may now be addressed after too many deaths................

 

'Licensed boarding houses are private businesses that run for a profit and accommodate people with disabilities who choose their own medical practitioners, except those under guardianship.

 

A Background Briefing program on RN in June heard that there had been 20 complaints to the department about the boarding house but it was local police officers - not the department - who went to the coroner.

 

Five of the six residents who died at 300 Hostel were Dr Reitberger's patients.

 

'[The Coroner] Ms Jerram recommended the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists review the deaths and the use of multiple anti-psychotics to establish protocols for prescription and monitoring the general health of patients.

 

But when contacted for comment, the college did not know of the inquest or its recommendation.'

 

 

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