Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Exile, by Doctor Who Exposed Heart Baby Scandal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Exile, by Doctor Who Exposed Heart Baby Scandal

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Byline: ZOE MORRIS

THE doctor who blew the whistle on the high death rates of heart surgery babies at Bristol Royal Infirmary spoke today of "threats and discrimination" on the eve of the publication of a public inquiry report.

Anaesthetist Stephen Bolsin was forced to seek professional exile in Australia after raising concerns about the number of babies not surviving heart surgery performed by surgeons James Wisheart and Janardan Dhasmana.

He claims he and his family had to escape "awful" treatment after he highlighted his concerns about the high death rates between 1984 and 1995. A report from a two-and-a-half year public inquiry is due to be published tomorrow and is expected to be harshly critical of the culture of cover-up in NHS hospitals prior to the scandal.

Professor Bolsin, 48, was the first to alert the Department of Health to the problems after his concerns were ignored by surgeons and hospital bosses. His audit of the pair's operations formed a key part of the General Medical Council case which found

them and chief executive John Roylance guilty of serious professional misconduct. …

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