NHS England sets up new inquiry into children’s heart surgery deaths in Bristol

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1623
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Ian Kennedy, who chaired the inquiry into children’s heart surgery deaths at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the 1990s, will return to Bristol to investigate a string of recent cases in which children who underwent heart operations died or were seriously harmed during aftercare.

Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, announced the independent review after meeting 10 families whose children, including seven who died, were treated at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The hospital was built in 2001 in the wake of the original scandal, in which as many as 35 children had died needlessly.

The scope of the new review will …

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