Nicola Sturgeon backs NHS Lothian in PFI dispute
HEALTH Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has given her backing to NHS Lothian which is taking legal advice after a surgeon was forced to finish an operation by torchlight when contractors shut off the power.
Two operating theatres were affected when maintenance workers switched the power off at the ERI Iast month, meaning one patient was stitched up with only a torch shining.
Surgery which was due to start had to be postponed until power returned.
It is understood that PFI provider Consort was to carry out planned maintenance work on the emergency power supply after surgery was finished, but switched off the power too early, while doctors were still at work.
NHS Lothian said it was “angry and... read more
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