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Bristol manager dismissed warnings as “exaggerated”

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1519
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    John Roylance, the senior manager of the Bristol hospital at the centre of an inquiry into children's heart surgery services, dismissed warnings about death rates because he thought they were “exaggerated.”

    Dr Roylance, chief executive of United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, told the inquiry this week of his reaction to a letter from consultant anaesthetist Stephen Bolsin in 1990 which described death rates for babies under 1 year as “one of the highest in the country.”

    He …

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