Short cuts

A coroner has criticised advice given to London police officers dealing with the death of a man who acquired HIV and hepatitis through NHS blood transfusions as 'complete rubbish'.PC Daniel Hankin said he telephoned the bacteriology department of St Thomas'Hospital before dealing with the body of 38-year-old Peter Squires, who was found collapsed in the bathroom of his home.Police were told to wear rubber suits, wellington boots, gloves, face masks and goggles before trying to treat him, advice described by Hornsey coroner Dr William Dolman as 'very unfair on the deceased', who was treated 'like an alien'.