Tuesday, January 19, 1999 Published at 04:35 GMT
Bristol heart probe sets out inquiry terms
Angry families campaigned for a public inquiry
The inquiry was formally opened last October, but the time since then has been spent preparing the areas of investigation.
But Professor Kennedy said on Tuesday that the inquiry "will not be a trial".
A third consultant, Janardan Dhasmana, was banned from operating on children for three years and was later dismissed.
Health Secretary Frank Dobson set up the inquiry after a General Medical Council (GMC) investigation into the three doctors found them guilty of professional misconduct.
Relatives of babies and children who died say the GMC probe failed to address all the issues.
The inquiry, which had a preliminary hearing last year, is expected to start in Bristol in March before moving to London some months later.
Malcolm Curnow, whose nine-month-old daughter Verity died after surgery at the hospital, said: "We are very hopeful that this inquiry will address all the concerns we have.
"I expect we will want some issues added, but we feel we can work with the inquiry."
Transcripts of the hearings will go on the Internet the same day.