Public criticism makes paediatric surgeon's job too difficultBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7264.785/a (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:785
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A paediatric heart surgeon at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool has decided not to carry out any more operations on children's hearts because of public criticism of his work.
Roger Franks, aged 55, and Alder Hey Hospital issued a joint statement last week blaming a campaign against him for his decision to withdraw voluntarily from children's heart surgery. The hospital is at the centre of an inquiry ordered by the health secretary, Alan Milburn, into the retention of 893 children's organs without parents' permission.
Parents have attacked Mr Franks's performance as a …
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