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Any big hospital is a complex and fragile mechanism. So much can go wrong at so many stages. Take the administration of a single dose of chemotherapy. Blood has to be taken, transported, analysed; therapies have to be prescribed, assembled, delivered. Whether it’s the nurse inserting the needle into the vein, or the pathologist measuring platelets, there’s no room for error. A break in the chain leads to a breakdown in care, or worse.

via NHS cuts my lifeline at risk | Mike Marqusee | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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