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Leading hospital suspends complex heart surgery to maintain patient safety

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 12 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3896
  1. Declan C Murphy
  1. London

A leading London teaching hospital has suspended the most complex types of heart surgery to maintain patient safety.

Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said that the decision had been taken “to protect the long term future of our cardiac surgery service.”

A trust spokesperson said that the move was a result of “response to feedback from clinicians working in the service” and was “to allow the service to focus …

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