BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1288

On 15 April we published an article “Hospital banned from doing neonatal heart operations.” On 6 May we published a letter in response written by Dr H S Joffe, consultant paediatric cardiologist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. We have now been asked to reiterate a number of basic factual corrections by the two cardiac surgeons who were referred to in the original article.

We accept that there was no instruction from the Department of Health to suspend neonatal heart operations, but on the contrary in October 1993 the decision to suspend neonatal switch operations was taken by senior clinical staff within the unit including those two surgeons.

We accept also that it was incorrect to say that one surgeon had been transferred to another post and the other had been sent for further training. We accept that neither of these events occurred.

We would like to apologise and express our regret to the two surgeons concerned for the distress caused to them and are pleased to print this correction.

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