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Thursday, 29 November, 2001, 17:41 GMT
THE BRISTOL HEART BABIES


Mr Janardan Dhasmana Bristol surgeon loses High Court bid
A High Court bid by a surgeon at the centre of the Bristol heart babies scandal to force the Health Secretary to hear an appeal has failed.
Bristol protest 'Up to 100 babies died needlessly'
Up to 100 babies may have died needlessly after undergoing complex heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary, it has been claimed.
James Wisheart I'm not perfect, says Bristol surgeon
James Wisheart, the surgeon at the centre of the Bristol babies scandal has given his first media interview, telling the BBC "I have never claimed to be perfect".
Baby surgeon: I was scapegoat
James Wisheart, the senior surgeon at the centre of the Bristol heart babies scandal, has fiercely defended his reputation.
Surgeon admits skills were in question
The senior surgeon at the centre of the Bristol heart babies scandal has admitted that there were question marks over his operating skills.
Roylance: I knew nothing
Former NHS trust chief executive Dr John Roylance has denied any knowledge of problems with child heart operations at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Baby death claims 'exaggerated'
Claims that babies' death rates at the Bristol Royal Infirmary were among the highest in the country were "exaggerated", the hospital's disgraced former manager told a public inquiry.
Bristol baby surgeon breaks down
Surgeon Janardan Dhasmana cries as he apologises to families of children who died in the Bristol heart baby scandal.
Surgeon: 'I was unlucky to lose patients'
Heart surgeon Janardan Dhasmana told the inquiry into the Bristol babies scandal he was "unlucky" to lose his first five patients in a complex operation.
Surgeon: Baby deaths 'part of learning'
A surgeon banned for his part in the Bristol heart babies affair has said high mortality rates are part of learning how to perform a new operation.
Brain death 'not spotted for days'
A baby girl lay brain dead in Bristol Royal Infirmary's intensive care unit for days - despite her parents being told she was "doing well", a public inquiry was told.
Money came first, baby inquiry told
A consultant tells the Bristol baby deaths inquiry that managers ignored him because they thought they might lose government funding.
Bolsin: the Bristol whistleblower
Stephen Bolsin, the anaesthetist who helped lift the lid on appalling death rates at Bristol Royal Infirmary, is giving detailed evidence this week to the public inquiry.
Bristol: Surgery may not be to blame
Operating table failures by surgeons may be only a minor factor in the grim toll of death and disability among children with heart defects treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, say experts.
Tragedy of the heart op babies
Thirty-four babies operated on at Bristol Royal Infirmary could have survived if the surgery had taken place elsewhere, a public inquiry hears.
Coroner in the dark on organ retention
The coroner who presided over many inquests following deaths at Bristol Royal Infirmary says he knew nothing about the hospital keeping organs for research or teaching
Ward known as 'departure lounge'
A ward at Bristol Royal Infirmary was known to local doctors as "the departure lounge" and one of the cardiac consultants was nick-named "Killer", a public inquiry has heard.
TV doctor to help Bristol inquiry
Celebrity doctor Phil Hammond - presenter of the BBC series Trust Me I'm a Doctor - will be giving evidence to the Bristol heart babies inquiry on Monday.
Bristol mother 'devastated' by organ retention
A mother has told how the discovery that the Bristol Royal Infimary had kept 40 tissue samples from her daughter's organs following the child's death left her feeling devastated.
Bristol whistleblower offers evidence via video
A doctor whose evidence is central to the public inquiry into paediatric heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary is expected to give his evidence over a video-conference link from Australia.
Organ scandal doctors 'presumed too much'
Doctors who took the hearts of children who had died during surgery "presumed too much", a leading doctor has said.
Parents blast hospital over missing organs
Emotional parents have attacked the hospital at the centre of the Bristol babies heart scandal, claiming they were kept in the dark about plans to keep their children's organs after unsuccessful heart surgery.
'Hospital gave me baby's heart in box'
A mother who did not know that doctors had kept her child's heart broke down in tears as she told a public inquiry how she retrieved it from the hospital four years later.
GMC chief frustrates parents
Supporters of the disgraced Bristol doctors and their opponents alike were frustrated in attempts to question the president of the General Medical Council at a public inquiry.
Heart nurse's 'gut feeling' about Bristol
A nursing support specialist who realised something was wrong with children's cardiac surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary has told the inquiry why she did not blow the whistle.
Mother 'rushed' into switching off life-support
A mother has claimed she was "rushed" into a decision to switch off the life support system of her brain-injured baby boy by a surgeon at the centre of the Bristol heart babies scandal.
Lifting the shame of Bristol
A surgeon recruited by a hospital in the grip of one of the UK's biggest medical scandals has helped reverse its poor reputation.
Surgeon tells of 'chronic workload'
The surgeon at the centre of the Bristol babies heart affair spoke of "intolerable" working conditions as it was revealed how his hospital faces a six-figure payout for a child left brain-damaged by an operation.
NHS 'cavalier' over organ consent
The NHS was "cavalier" in its attitude towards seeking consent to retain tissues of patients who have died, the public inquiry into the Bristol heart babies scandal has been told.
Parents praise Bristol heart surgeons
Parents of some of the children who died following heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary have praised two surgeons at the centre of the controversy.
Bristol chief: Managers powerless to intervene
NHS managers were powerless to stop doctors performing operations at which they had poor success rates unless doctors first made them aware of the problems, an inquiry hears.
Bristol unit used 'out-of-date operation'
The BBC has discovered that surgeons at the centre of the Bristol heart babies scandal may have used an old procedure because they lacked competence at a modern technique.
Disgraced doctor loses appeal
The disgraced former chief executive of Bristol Royal Infirmary has lost his legal bid to be re-instated to the medical register.
'Travesty of brain-damaged success'
The Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry has heard that a girl was deemed a medical success even though heart surgery left her severely brain damaged.
Grieving father suspected cover-up
A grieving father has told how he suspected doctors were attempting to cover up the circumstances of his daughter's death.
Surgeon obtained consent 'fraudulently'
One of the disgraced surgeons at the centre of the Bristol Royal Infirmary scandal told parents a complex heart procedure carried no risk in itself, an inquiry heard.
Bereaved parents 'treated shamefully'
The parents of a baby who died following heart surgery have told how they were left dazed by the way they were let down by the health system.
Bristol surgeon 'saved baby'
A father has told the Bristol Royal Infirmary inquiry how disgraced heart surgeon Mr James Wisheart performed a life-saving operation on their daughter.
Bristol inquiry hears of stolen database
The first day of the inquiry into the Bristol heart scandal - the biggest in recent NHS history - has heard how a vital database of information has gone missing.
Parents pack inquiry launch
Parents queued for the right to sit in on the first day of the inquiry into events at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Uncovering the Bristol scandal
BBC West of England Health Correspondent Matthew Hill, who brought the scandal to the attention of a wider audience, offers his view of events.