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UK's unsafe syringes found their way to Indian hospitals: report

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Syringes declared unsafe for use by the UK's state-funded National Service (NHS) found their way to and are likely to have been used in some hospitals in the country, a media report said here today.

According to The Sunday Times', banned drivers were given to hospices and medical organisations in countries such as India, and It followed the phased withdrawal of the from the NHS in 2010 following safety alerts dating back as far as 1995.

As part of its investigation, the newspaper found a notice issued by the in December 2011, which advised staff that in order to comply with a department of alert all 16 and 26 drivers would be replaced. It added: They will be donated to a 3rd world charity.

Other donations were more informal, with one from Somerset in England writing in a 2014 blog that she had been allowed to take several drivers with her when volunteering at a hospice in In the same year, another doctor mentioned a Graseby driver being given to him before he attended a medical charity expedition in

Peter Walsh, the of safety charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said, Obviously the safety of patients in any part of the world should be of concern to us in the UK. What would worry me most is if the countries or institutions concerned weren't fully briefed on the risks with these particular

The syringe pumps have been implicated in NHS deaths over a 30-year period, the newspaper had recently revealed.

The pumps led to the rapid infusion into the bloodstream of dangerous doses of drugs. The two syringe types, which were easily confused, were used at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire, where Dr worked between 1988 and 2000. Last month, she was found responsible for the deaths of as many as 650 people as part of a culture in which opiates, or opium-based drugs, were recklessly prescribed.

Last month, Secretary told medical directors to make absolutely sure that the banned Graseby syringe drivers were no longer in use in Britain.

A project organised by UK Rotary clubs in 2011 sent more than 100 Graseby syringe drivers to South Africa's growing hospice care community as part of the 'Abundant Life' programme.

in Great Britain & said, The donation of the syringe drivers was made in good faith for the project by the NHS, and helped hundreds of people who otherwise would have suffered tremendously during their final stages of life.

The have also been banned elsewhere, including in and Australia, but remained in use in the NHS until 2015.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 19:00 IST