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Hospital and GMC investigate apparent irregularities in heart surgeon’s data

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 04 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3705
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The General Medical Council is investigating a leading heart surgeon who was sacked after an internal investigation by his employers indicated that he understated the length of time some patients who died spent on a heart-lung bypass machine during their operations.

Ian Wilson, who was a consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, was dismissed by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in October 2013. He is alleged to have inaccurately entered the information on a database that was set up by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery to allow patients to compare individual surgeons’ outcomes. …

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