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Drug abuse among medical staff revealed

The scale of drink and drug abuse among medical staff in British hospitals is revealed in a survey published today.
Figures obtained via the Freedom of Information Act indicate show that in the past decade 750 clinical and medical staff have been formally disciplined for offences involving alcohol or drugs at work.

Dr Michael Wilks, chair of the British Medical Association's ethics committee, said there were levels of denial in the profession that made it virtually impossible for an alcoholic doctor to be helped.

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