Bristol case surgeon claimed to have been on “learning curve”BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1456f (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1456
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
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 …