Parents of children having heart surgery at Bristol hospital “were let down”

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 01 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3682
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Babies and children who were treated for congenital heart problems at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children were put at “a clear risk of harm” on a ward staffed by too few nurses, an independent review has concluded.1

Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, set up the “Bristol Review,” chaired by Eleanor Grey QC, to consider the safety and quality of children’s cardiac services in Bristol from March 2010. The review was launched in June 2014 after pressure from parents who believed that their children may have died unnecessarily after treatment at the hospital.

A large percentage of the patients on ward 32, to which children were admitted from intensive …

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