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‘Extraordinary’ failings of NHS criticised after surgeons wrongly blamed for 67 deaths

A coroner has criticised “extraordinary” shortcomings in a NHS report that wrongly blamed a crew of award-winning surgeons for the deaths of dozens of sufferers.

The report produced by NHS Improvement discovered that cardiac surgeons at St George’s Hospital, in south London, had prompted the deaths of 67 sufferers, leaving their reputations in tatters.

St George’s NHS Trust suspended two surgeons and paid a whole bunch of hundreds of kilos in authorized charges over claims of scientific malpractice and errors in care.

But within the newest of a collection of inquests, Prof Fiona Wilcox, senior coroner for internal west London, criticised the findings of and mentioned that no blame ought to have been hooked up to St George’s medical employees and the 2 surgeons, Prof Marjan Jahangiri and Dr Justin Nowell.

Over the course of two inquests within the final fortnight, Prof Wilcox has delivered a collection of criticisms of the impartial mortality review. She dominated that the “entire process” was “faulty”, that its conclusions contained “material errors of fact” and led to grieving households getting a “confusing and distressing” image of the care their family members obtained.

The newest inquest, held on Thursday, heard that the NHS Improvement report made a collection of inaccurate claims when it blamed surgeons for the demise of Reginald Bowler, a 76-year-old retired postman with extreme coronary heart illness.

Prof Wilcox mentioned she would “entirely reject the findings” of the report and dominated that there was “nothing to criticise in the care received by Mr Bowler”.

Olinga Tahzib, representing Mr Bowler’s household, instructed the inquest that the listening to had been “difficult” for his widow and household.

Another inquest presided over by Prof Wilcox final week heard that the NHS Improvement review had mentioned failures in care “definitely” contributed to the demise of Graham Donald, a 70-year-old former chief government from Tadworth, Surrey.

However, the coroner “wholly rejected” that discovering, ruling as a substitute that the proof from NHS Improvement was “lacking”, “based only on a reading of the notes” and “put forward expert opinion for which there was no expert to support that opinion”.

She mentioned that the NHS Improvement review had criticised the use of the perfusion, however had not allowed “any feedback from an expert perfusionist”. In her ruling, Prof Wilcox mentioned: “I find that frankly extraordinary.”

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