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Hospital chief was right to release patient consent forms to media

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1266
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The acting chief executive of North Staffordshire hospital, who released signed patient consent forms to a reporter when the hospital was embroiled in a controversy over the trial of a new ventilation system for premature babies, was cleared of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council last week.

    Keith Prowse, the hospital's medical director, was standing in as chief executive in 1997 when the row blew up over the continuous negative extrathoracic pressure system. Debbie Henshall, the mother of two premature babies who took part in the trial, claimed her signature had been forged on consent forms.

    Continuous negative extrathoracic pressure hit the headlines when it …

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