Doctors neglect victims of OP poisoning

12 November 1998

‘Doctors neglect victims of OP poisoning’

THE medical profession ignores suspected victims of poisoning by organophospates (OP) in sheep dip, according to a report carried out by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists.

Patients with symptoms including fatigue, headaches, depression and suicidal thoughts are neglected by GPs, hospitals and health authorities.

John Newsom-Davis, professor of neurology at Oxford University and chairman of the working party which compiled the report, called the symptoms “unquestionably genuine”. He expressed regret about the lack of concern by doctors.

The report did not try to establish a causal link between OPs and medical conditions. No link has been established in previous research.

  • The Times 12/11/98 page 15
  • The Independent 12/11/98 page 7 (In Brief)
  • The Guardian 12/11/98 page 10
  • The Daily Telegraph 12/11/98 page 6

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