Bristol heart scandal surgeon is dismissed
Thursday 10 September 1998
A General Medical Council inquiry found Mr Dhasmana guilty of serious professional misconduct over the deaths of 29 babies at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Another four babies were left seriously brain damaged after heart surgery.
The other two surgeons involved, James Wisheart and Dr John Roylance, were both struck off, but Mr Dhasmana was banned from performing heart surgery on children for three years.
A spokeswoman for Bristol Royal Infirmary said: "The United Bristol Healthcare Trust today announced that it had, with regret, terminated the contract of employment of Mr Janardan Dhasmana. The decision has been made by Hugh Ross, chief executive of the Trust. Mr Dhasmana has the right of appeal against the decision to a panel of non-executive directors of the UBHT.
"In view of Mr Dhasmana's right of appeal, the trust will make no further comment at this stage."
Maria Shortis, founder of the Bristol Heart Children's Action Group and whose daughter died during surgery at the hospital, was delighted by the news. She said: "What a relief, this is not before time. It is the only decision they could have made. I cannot tell you how relieved I am that he will not be allowed to carry out any more operations."
Malcolm Curnow, of the action group, said: "Under the circumstances we feel this is wholly appropriate. His position was untenable. But there is nothing to stop him from working at another hospital or setting up at a private clinic. This gives us cause for concern. He should have been struck off by the GMC as the other two doctors involved were."
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...