On a day when an NHS Review into concerns regarding children’s heart surgery at The Leeds General Infirmary has concluded that the specialist unit at Leeds is safe but has provided patients with poor care, parents whose children have died under the care of the United Bristol Healthcare Trust expressed deep concerns at the apparent failure to resolve paediatric cardiac care problems in Bristol. Some fifteen years after the original Bristol Royal Infirmary heart surgery scandal and seven years on from the findings of an independent investigation into failings at the Bristol Children’s Hospital in relation to cardiac care in 2005, the standard of care offered in Bristol remains in question. The announcement yesterday of a further review into practice and procedure at the Bristol Children’s Hospital following the sad deaths of at least seven children since 2010 has done nothing to allay those concerns. One concerned parent commented that an admission by the Trust that there was no individual in place who was charged with ensuring that the recommendations in the early reports were implemented was deeply disturbing. The proposal for what amounts to a third investigation left them with no confidence that a further review would be anything other than an expensive exercise designed to deflect attention away from the fact that care had not improved as promised..
Clarke Willmott have previously represented parents of children affected by the previous Bristol Heart Surgery scandals. If you have concerns arising out of treatment received at the Bristol Children’s Hospital contact Chris Thorne who would be happy to discuss your case.