The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Informing HSC senior management

None of the three department heads at the meeting reported on the withdrawal of services to Dr. Ian Sutherland, the vice-president to whom each of them reported. Blanchard testified that this was not the result of a conscious decision and acknowledged that it should have been done, if for no other reason than out of courtesy.

Craig testified that "telling the vice-presidents about something like this, you know, they should know, but it's not really that relevant to solving it on the clinical side. At some point we would need the vice-presidents' involvement and support, but it's not going to help solve an issue right today, of this type." (Evidence, pages 34,506-34,507)

Bishop testified that while she did not brief Sutherland on the issue, she did speak with her new vice-president, Helen Wright, about the developments in the program. Bishop was not sure when that took place. Under the reorganization that took place on June 1, 1994, the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health began to report to Wright. However, until the time that she left the HSC, Bishop's superior was not Wright but Sutherland. Wright testified that she was informed of the existence and working of the Wiseman Committee, but not of the anaesthetists' withdrawal of services.

The issue was also not raised at the meeting of the Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital that was held in June 1994. This committee was the senior patient-care committee responsible for advising the HSC board on all matters concerning medical policy and issues. Blanchard, Craig and Bishop were all members of the committee. The events in the program certainly fell within its mandate. Throughout all of 1994, however, the committee was never informed of the problems within the program.



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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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