NHS medical director stopped laparoscopic cholecystectomy at Stafford Hospital after tip off

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6154
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The medical director of the NHS in England stepped in to stop one type of surgery at Stafford Hospital after getting a “unique” phone call from a senior surgeon brought in to review the hospital’s surgical unit, the public inquiry into failings at North Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been told.

Bruce Keogh said that Robert Greatorex, who led the review of the surgical unit at the trust’s request in 2009, was so concerned by the findings that he broke confidentiality—something that was “entirely consistent with good medical practice and professionalism”—to alert Professor Keogh.

“He said in all his time of doing these reviews he had never …

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