High powered inquiry into Bristol deaths

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1925
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Stricter monitoring of surgical performance in Britain is expected to result from a public inquiry into the deaths of 29 babies and young children who died after heart surgery in Bristol.

    The inquiry was announced in parliament by the health secretary, Frank Dobson, immediately after the General Medical Council's decision. He later criticised the GMC for striking off the register only two of the three doctors accused.

    The inquiry will be conducted by the leading expert in medicolegal issues, Professor Ian Kennedy of University College, London. He is on the BMA's medical ethics committee and was a lay member of …

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