These gloomy predictions come from a special commission set up by the government of Ontario, Canada following the deaths of 44 patients from SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) at a Toronto hospital in 2003.
So far, just five of the 25 recommendations made by the SARS Commission have been implemented. "Serious problems persist and much remains to be done," the Commission has stated.
Heading the Commission was Ontario judge Archie Campbell, who commented: "If we do not learn from SARS and we do not make the government fix the problems that remain, we will pay a terrible price in the next pandemic."
Of course, none of the above applies to the UK's hospitals, which are the very model of cleanliness and hygiene, and where nobody ever gets an infection.
(Source: The Lancet, 2007; 369: 264).
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