Bristol inquiry hears closing submissions
The inquiry into children's heart surgery services at the Bristol Royal Infirmary was urged last week to ask the General Medical Council to re-examine its “flawed conclusions” that three doctors were guilty of serious professional misconduct.
Christopher Sharpe QC, for the Surgeons' Support Group, made the plea as the inquiry heard closing submissions from lawyers for the parents' and surgeons' groups. Submissions were also made on behalf of John Roylance, former chief executive of United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, and James Wisheart, the senior heart sur- geon, both of whom were struck off the medical register by the GMC. The inquiry also heard submissions from lawyers for the trust and the Department of Health.
Mr Sharpe said that it was no coincidence that Bristol had for years been denied funding that would have provided a dedicated paediatric cardiac surgeon and allowed care to be provided at a single site.