The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Bishop is notified

Ullyot testified that on the morning of May 17 she telephoned Bishop to inform her of the decision. Bishop testified that she could not recall the phone call, but she did receive a copy of the memorandum that morning. After reading the memorandum, Bishop quickly arranged a meeting in her department for later that morning. Bishop also telephoned Odim and Giddins. Neither had heard of the memorandum and agreed to attend a meeting in her office. At the time of the withdrawal by the anaesthetists, a patient was scheduled for later that week.

Bishop testified that she was angered by the fact that the service was being shut down without any advance notice. She said that this made it very hard to provide patients with options. She was also surprised to learn that the anaesthetists had not fully communicated their concerns to Odim and Giddins.

Blanchard testified that he was astounded by the withdrawal of services.

It seemed to me that if you have this kind of clinical problem, and there was substance to it, and we had no idea whether there was substance to this, why hadn't that been sorted out between the anaesthetists and the surgeon and the cardiologist. (Evidence, page 36,505)

He also testified that it appeared to him that, aside from possible problems with mortality and morbidity, there were serious problems with communication and interpersonal relationships. He said the team that had been in place had unravelled. When asked if the team had actually existed in the first place, he responded:

Well, it existed. I mean, the system was there, but the functioning seemed to not be there. (Evidence, page 36,508)

He was only beginning to appreciate the seriousness of the situation.



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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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