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Parents of babies who died or were left brain damaged after heart operations at Bristol Royal Infirmary held a candlelight vigil outside the General Medical Council last week, as James Wisheart, one of three doctor, charged with serious professional misconduct, arrived to begin his evidence.
They set out 50 shoeboxes painted black, each with a white cross, to represent tiny coffins. A banner proclaimed: "GMC: Great Massacre Cover-up." The parents are angry that the GMC investigation is focusing on only 53 operations of two types--arterial switch operations and open heart surgery to correct atrioventricular septal defects. Twenty nine of the 53 babies died, and four were left brain damaged.
The Department of …