High Court Judge Imposes Death Sentences

  [DELETED] 13:22 07 Mar 2013

The problems with child heart surgery in Bristol happened from 1990 to 1995, nearly 20 years ago.

Today's High Court ruling means the NHS is still not able to make the changes that will reduce the number of deaths resulting from surgeons not having enough practice for the most difficult cases.

Most of the media coverage seems to be suggesting this is a victory for patients but it is not. Until the changes in heart surgery are implemented children will die when they could have survived.

  Forum Editor 14:42 07 Mar 2013

"The medical profession is united in the belief that expert care needs to be done at fewer sites."

Quite. It makes absolute sense to concentrate the best medical skills and financial resources into fewer surgical units, so that the outcomes for children who need this specific surgery and care can be improved.

The people who feel they have won a victory in this case may well come to regret their action - one that was based on an emotive response to a considered policy change.

  carver 15:01 07 Mar 2013

It all depends on who you believe

  [DELETED] 15:54 07 Mar 2013


The choice is between scientists who have examined the clear correlation between number of procedures and survival rate and a group of people who don't understand why they should have to travel to a hospital some distance away.

Who do you believe?

  Forum Editor 16:08 07 Mar 2013


I believe the medical profession, which is united in the belief that expert care needs to be done at fewer sites, because it makes perfect sense to adopt a policy which, it is said, will result in fewer children dying during or after heart surgery.

Judging from your response you don't believe the medical profession is right. Presumably you believe the people who don't want to travel Leeds to Newcastle or Liverpool with their children, despite the fact that the surgical outcome is likely to be better.

  spuds 16:46 07 Mar 2013

Last year I brought this very subject up within the forum, mainly due to the fact that I was and still am involved with one of the mentioned hospital's in the link. That particular hospital is part of the University Hospitals of Leicester, which as a very good record on pioneering heart surgery and associated problems, and perhaps as much so for children and young adults.

There is an ongoing massive campaign for retaining these provisions and services within the East Midlands as a centralised position (which Leicester is), which also benefits young and old from further afield. This campaign as been going on for years, and due to this campaign, there have been many rethinks as to the government intentions or duty of care.

When its stated "It makes absolute sense to concentrate the best medical skills and financial resources" doesn't always improve the situation, but may well worsen the situation, and in the long term become cost or skills ineffective, especially if lives are lost.

  Forum Editor 17:33 07 Mar 2013


How can concentrating the best medical skills and resources lead to making a situation worse?

As for lives being lost, in the context of the subject under discussion the whole idea is to save lives which are at present being lost. There is general agreement in the medical profession that this plan is an excellent one - that's agreement by doctors and surgeons, not administrators.

  spuds 18:59 07 Mar 2013

Forum Editor

I suggest that you come to some of the campaign meetings whose areas will be effected, and you will find that the views you suggest are just not true.

You state that " There is general agreement in the medical profession that this plan is an excellent one - that's agreements by doctor's and surgeon's, not administrators". Can you provide proof as to these doctor's and surgeon's are, and who or what they represent?.

  oresome 19:03 07 Mar 2013

The High Court has ruled on the legality of the consultation process, not on whether there should be fewer hospitals carrying out the surgery.

Yes the High Courts decision may delay the final outcome but I'm sure forum member would be one of the first to complain if due process wasn't carried out correctly.

  spuds 19:07 07 Mar 2013


And that's one of the main points, the consultation's process as been going on for a long time, and its perhaps obvious to see the reasons why?.

  carver 19:15 07 Mar 2013

Some of the opinions are based on facts given by this government and are just about as true as the headline in this posting.

If I was the judge in this case and saw your posting I would be very annoyed.

Has any one tried to put names to the "Doctors" who believe it will save lives if Leeds is shut because I can't find any names who are willing to say it will cost lives.

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