The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



The issue of committee records

It is worthwhile noting that while there are documents that are referred to as minutes for many of the Wiseman Committee meetings, these are not true minutes in the sense of an officially agreed upon record of events. Ullyot testified that the minutes often came out late, or not at all, and were not reviewed at the next meeting by the committee members. Wiseman, who usually kept the minutes, acknowledged that they were really his dictated notes from the meetings and were not intended to be minutes. He acknowledged that he also did not make notes for each of the meetings, that he often wrote them some time after a meeting had been held and that occasionally they might not have been circulated in a timely manner.

He also said that the meetings were conducted with a view to seeing if a consensus would develop on each of the issues that were being discussed. Ullyot, McNeill and others said that they were of the view that the question of when or if a consensus had been reached was not one into which members of the committee had any input and that Wiseman himself seemed to be the sole judge of that. The very spottiness of the committee records underlines its lack of rigour in this area. The following discussion of the activities of the Wiseman Committee is therefore limited by the lack of a detailed record.


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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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