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Details revealed of gifts given to Sussex medical experts
3:00pm Tuesday 9th July 2013 in News
Hospital consultants and other experts have been offered more than £10,000 worth of sponsorship, payments, grants and bursaries by companies for them to attend events.
They include around £1,000 sponsorship from a pharmaceutical company to a consultant to cover the cost of travel and accommodation at a renal conference in Istanbul.
Another consultant was offered £1,000 for speaking at a regional training day set up by a healthcare company.
The figures emerged in a report on gifts, hospitality and sponsorship to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust board.
The trust runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Sussex Eye Hospital and Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital and Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre in Haywards Heath.
It has been reviewing its reporting of gifts, sponsorship and donations offered to staff and as seen a “significant” increase in declarations as a result.
A trust spokesman said: “Attending sponsored educational events is an important way for clinicians to keep up to date with the latest scientific research and best practice.
“These events are paid for by sponsors and have no cost to the trust, patients or the public.
“Before attending an event, clinicians have to gain prior approval by the trust and specify the benefits to patients and how they are going to share knowledge with colleagues.”
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