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Possible maggot prank in Tasmanian hospital

By Richard van der Draay     Jan 15, 2009 in Health
Maggots that were found in Hobart’s Royal Hospital could possibly have been planted as a prank to embarrass authorities.
The hospital’s environmental services team was searching for the source of the grubs that were found on the floor of a male staff toilet.
A hospital spokesperson said that initially it was thought that a bird may have been the cause but the puzzling thing was that staff were unable to locate the source.
After all, maggots can only travel one metre from their food source before dying.Because there was no dead animal in the roof space it is thought that the maggots may have been planted to cause embarrassment.
The inquiry will investigate to see whether the maggots were from the hospital’s own stores. Maggots are used to treat wounds.
Kim Booth, acting leader of the Tasmanian Green Party stated that the find supported the case for a new hospital. He said that the incident was a clear signal that the current building is obsolete.
The find has indeed caused embarrassment with other policital leaders also making comments saying how something like this shouldn't happen in a Third World hospital, let alone in the Royal Hobart Hospital.
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