Doctors at Newcastle made unfounded complaints about children’s heart surgery at Leeds, finds report

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6528
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

An independent report for NHS England on the events surrounding a 12 day suspension of children’s heart surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has criticised doctors at the rival centre in Newcastle whose phone call partly triggered the closure.1

NHS England’s medical director Bruce Keogh asked the Leeds trust to suspend the services on 28 March 2013 after being alerted to worrying preliminary mortality data. A leading Birmingham surgeon had also raised concerns about consultant staffing shortages at the Leeds trust, and a senior paediatric cardiac surgeon at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle had cast doubt on the safety and quality of services at the Leeds unit.

At the time, Leeds and Newcastle units were …

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