Edinburgh News reports:

PATIENTS across the Lothians are being treated with thousands of pieces of hospital equipment that have not been properly maintained, it has emerged.

An internal NHS Lothian audit revealed that potentially life-saving tools such as defibrillators and heart monitors were still in use up to three years after they had been due to be serviced.

The probe into medical equipment also found that basic information on devices was often not held on databases as it should have been and that up to 20 per cent of equipment was not found during inspections.

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