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Bristol case surgeon claimed to have been on “learning curve”

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1456
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    One of the two surgeons at the centre of the Bristol heart surgery scandal, in the United Kingdom, told the public inquiry this week that a high death rate was inevitable while surgeons were on a “learning curve” for a new operation.

    Janardan Dhasmana, speaking publicly for the first time since the General Medical Council found him guilty of serious professional misconduct last year, said: “Whenever you start any new operation you are bound to have, unfortunately, high mortality.” There was always a possibility that a child would die who could have survived if sent elsewhere. “Unfortunately, at that time there were no clear guidelines. Every surgeon was doing …

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