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Licenses Suspended at 3 Toronto Hospitals

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Science  17 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5448, pp. 2253
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5448.2253

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OTTAWA, CANADA-- Citing violations of nuclear safety regulations, the government has blocked the use of radioisotopes for research at one of Canada's largest academic/medical hospital complexes. The action, taken on 2 December by the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB), has halted all experiments involving radioactive compounds in 91 labs at the Toronto-based University Health Network. Although roughly 20 of the labs may be allowed to resume normal operations as early as this week, the AECB has said that patient care could be affected next spring if the network does not make the necessary improvements.