HC Deb 12 March 1991 vol 187 c494W
Mr. Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what instructions are given to regional health authorities concerning the danger of foreign objects being left in patients; and what safety checks are obligatory;

(2) what is the procedure to recall patients for abdominal x-ray to ascertain the position of clips not extracted during operations;

(3) what is the procedure to warn patients after operations that clips are still in the patient.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

This is a matter for the professions concerned. Guidelines are provided in "Theatre Safeguards" published by the Medical Defence Union, the Medical Protection Society, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland, the Royal College of Nursing and the National Association of Theatre Nurses, a copy of which will be placed in the Library.