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Government shutdown forces hospital to turn patients away

PBS, October 3, 2013
As the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center is home to cutting edge science and groundbreaking medical studies. It even serves as a "hospital of last resort" for patients when standard treatment has failed and there are no other alternatives. At least it did -- until October 1st when new patients had to be turned away because of the government shutdown. These patients would have been part of new clinical trials -- and about 200 of them have already been turned away. According to NIH Director Francis Collins, this includes about 30 children, many of them cancer patients.