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Archive for Monday, April 23, 2001

Nation Briefs

April 23, 2001

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
Medical mistakes site urged

The Bush administration is working to create an Internet-based clearinghouse of medical mistakes made by doctors and hospitals, with the intention of helping them avoid such errors in the future. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson planned to announce today a task force of department officials to develop the system, officials said. Health care providers could use the Internet to report information to the federal government, or state and private-sector regulators.

Researchers estimate that mistakes in surgery, medication and other services kill an estimated 44,000 people each year. Recent reports have suggested computerized records could help doctors and hospitals keep better track of the things that go wrong.

Turkey
Hostages taken at hotel

At least 20 pro-Chechen gunmen armed with automatic rifles and shotguns stormed one of Istanbul's top luxury hotels Sunday, taking dozens of guests and staff members hostage, police said. Istanbul Gov. Erol Cakir said negotiations were under way with the gunmen who were forwarding "political demands." He refused to elaborate. Local media reported that about 25 hostages had been released since the standoff began. Private CNN-Turk television said 11 SwissAir workers were among the hostages inside the Swissotel in central Istanbul.

TOKYO
Firebrand leading primary vote

A fiery populist expanded a stunning and possibly unbeatable lead today in primaries to select a successor to unpopular Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. Junichiro Koizumi, a former health minister whose loud calls for reform have struck a chord with many Japanese, extended his lead in the fourth day of voting by local chapters of the nation's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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