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Blair tackled on heart deaths

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:670
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Twenty patients waiting for heart surgery in Bristol have died within the past six months, the British prime minister, Tony Blair, was told in a face to face debate with doctors, nurses, and NHS managers.

    In a wide ranging debate on the NHS held at St Thomas's Hospital, London, Mr Blair was grilled about waiting lists, clinical priorities, staff shortages, and the use of resources. Peter Wilde, director of cardiothoracic services for the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, told the prime minister about big regional differences …

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