London hospital defends decision not to publish damning report

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:65
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    England's health services watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, has backed a London hospital's decision not to publish a report that criticised standards of care provided for its heart surgery patients.

    After a journalist at the Guardian newspaper raised concerns in early 2005 about the quality of data on cardiac surgery at St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust in Paddington, the trust called in Bruce Keogh, professor of cardiac surgery at University College London and director of London's Heart Hospital, to advise.

    His report, which described facilities for …

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