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Hospital transfer 'battery risks'

Unnecessary risks are being taken when transferring seriously ill people from hospital to hospital, doctors say.

 

Some patients, such as those with head injuries or burns, are moved because they require care at specialist units.

But British Medical Association doctors said medics often had to rely on batteries to power vital equipment - and these were prone to failing.

The Department of Health said it was up to local trusts to ensure the right steps were taken for such patients.

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