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The surgeons face GMC inquiry

1996 - 1997

Dr Bolsin resigned from the Bristol Royal Infirmary to take up a new post in Australia. He said that he had been unable to get another job in the UK away from Bristol.

James Wisheart halted all his operations, and stepped down as medical director of the trust.

Shortly afterwards, the General Medical Council launched an investigation into allegations that Bristol doctors misled relatives about their success rates.

It proves to be the longest and most expensive investigation in its history.

The BBC's Panorama programme accused both the Department of Health and Royal College of Surgeons of failing to act on clear information that paediatric heart surgery in Bristol was a problem area.

James Wisheart retired in 1997.


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