Consultant attacks inquiries that criticised his care

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:891

Two inquiries in Britain launched into the death of Malcolm Murray, who died from head injuries after being flown 300 km from Kent to Leeds, have accused a consultant of failing to do everything possible to help the patient. The consultant, Mr Anthony Percy, has in turn accused the two panels of being improperly constituted. He also complains that the South Thames Health Authority's inquiry never questioned him or other clinical staff, and that its report was intended to exonerate the Department of Health.

Mr Murray's case received wide coverage in the media after it was disclosed that doctors at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup failed to find a neurosurgical bed in the south east region after numerous telephone calls (18 March, p 688). After five hours a helicopter …

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