Surgeons were ‘fall guys’ for a wider problem, inquiry told
- By: Clare Dyer
Phil Hammond, author of the column in the satirical magazine Private Eye that first revealed problems in paediatric cardiac surgery in Bristol, told the inquiry into children's heart surgery services in the city that he was surprised that no official action had followed his revelations.
At the time he was a very junior doctor and did not believe that he had enough clout to raise such concerns personally. “I did not have the strength and courage to phone up Mr Wisheart or Dr Roylance or Mr Doyle at the Department of Health, or whoever, and say: ‘I'm a senior house officer in casualty-will you please do something about this?’“
James Wisheart, then medical director and senior cardiac surgeon, and John Roylance, then chief executive of United Bristol Healthcare Trust, were found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council last year, along with another surgeon, Janardan Dhasmana.