Papworth Hospital can resume heart transplantations, says watchdog

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1068
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    England's health services watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, has said that surgeons can resume heart transplant surgery at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge.

    Earlier this month the commission had suspended operations pending an investigation into the higher than expected mortality among 20 people who received heart transplants at the hospital this year (BMJ 2007;335:955, 10 Nov doi: 10.1136/bmj.39391.719329.4E).

    The commission's two week review, which looked at the clinical care provided to eight patients who died and the trust's response to the deaths, concluded that there were no common factors to explain the deaths, which …

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