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Dr Steve Bolsin's audit is completed - its results find death rates in both operation types are higher than national "averages" compiled by the Cardiothoracic Society.

It is circulated among a few doctors in the department of anaesthetics, and to Professor Gianni Angelini, an adult heart surgeon and the chair of cardiac surgery at Bristol University.

It is unclear whether James Wisheart was ever given the chance to look at Bolsin's figures, but certainly no formal discussion ever took place.

Janardan Dhasmana stops doing "switch" operations on newborn babies because he feels there are simply too many deaths.

He continues carrying out the operation on older babies and toddlers, where his results are slightly better.


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