The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Staff discipline

The HSC board had the right to appoint, suspend or remove all medical and other staff and employees.

The board required that complaints alleging misconduct against a member of the medical staff be in writing and detail the specific misconduct alleged. Complaints were to be sent to the President or the appropriate vice-president. These complaints could be forwarded to the appropriate department head for informal resolution. If the complaint involved the department head, the Senior Vice-President Medical would deal with it.

Where the informal process failed or the complaint was deemed to be of a serious nature, the complaint was handled by the complaints committee of the Medical Advisory Committee. The committee investigated the complaint and, if it deemed necessary, struck a hearing panel. The panel's report was forwarded to the board, which decided on the course of action to be followed.

In addition, a department head had the right at any time to immediately suspend, or otherwise limit, the privileges of a member of the department, for up to 10 working days, for conduct that the head reasonably believed might negatively affect patient care or would constitute a serious breach of ethical standards (Exhibit 41, section 9.5.51).

In such a situation, the department head was required to initiate a complaint and inform the SVP.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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