Cardiothoracic surgeon did more surgery than needed on three patients who died, says coroner

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 28 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6495
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A consultant cardiothoracic surgeon who was sacked for under-reporting the length of time some patients spent on a heart-lung bypass machine has been criticised by a coroner investigating the deaths of three patients for doing more surgery than they needed.

Ian Wilson lost his job with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in October 2013 after an investigation triggered by the deaths of 15 patients in a 14 month period found that he may have been misreporting data for years.1

He secured a locum consultant post with Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust under conditions imposed by the General Medical Council, which is …

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