Group: The People Who Could Fix NIH Are Being Used As Scapegoats For Its Safety Problems
An advisory group of patients and officials is asking the National Institutes of Health director to rethink his decision to demote top leaders at the hospital, saying the blame for its problem has been misplaced. In other news, officials say a California hospital broke the law by not reporting an outbreak caused by dirty scopes.
The Washington Post:
Patients And Doctors Urge Reconsideration Of NIH Shake-Up
Some patients and high-ranking officials at the National Institutes of Health are urging Director Francis S. Collins to reconsider his planned demotion of top leaders at the agency’s flagship hospital, contending that blame for safety problems identified by an outside panel has been misplaced. In a letter to Collins on Thursday, an advisory group of hospital patients asked him to rethink his plan to replace the Clinical Center’s current leaders with three new executives and a structure similar to the one at most hospitals. (Bernstein, 6/2)
Los Angeles Times:
Pasadena Hospital Broke The Law By Not Reporting Outbreak, Health Officials Say
Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital broke state law by not quickly reporting a suspected deadly outbreak last year, according to a letter by city officials. The hospital released the letter this week, as well as the results of the city’s investigation into the outbreak caused by dirty scopes, which sickened 16 patients, including 11 who died. City health officials did not investigate the cause of the patients’ deaths, many of whom were seriously ill. The officials noted in the report that only one patient’s death certificate listed as a cause the dangerous drug-resistant bacteria that contaminated the scopes and sickened the patients. (Petersen, 6/2)