Ref no45591
TitleRecords relating to the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry into the deaths of children undergoing heart surgery
DescriptionInquiry transcripts, witness statements and closing submissions
Extent5 boxes
Administrative historyThe purpose of the inquiry was: To inquire into the management of the care of children receiving complex cardiac surgical services at the Bristol Royal Infirmary between 1984 and 1995 and relevant related issues; to make findings as to the adequacy of the services provided; to establish what action was taken both within and outside the hospital to deal with concerns raised about the surgery and to identify any failure to take appropriate action promptly; to reach conclusions from these events and to make recommendations which could help to secure high-quality care across the NHS.
The public inquiry as a whole was conducted between October 1998 and July 2001. The panel was chaired by Professor Ian Kennedy. The other members were Rebecca Howard, Professor Sir Brian Jarman and Mavis Maclean. The work of the inquiry was divided into two phases. In phase one, the focus was on events in Bristol. Evidence from 577 witnesses, including 238 parents, was received in writing. The inquiry also received 900,000 pages of documents, including the medical records of over 1,800 children. Oral evidence of selected witnesses was taken over 96 days (these are the records listed within this collection). The focus of phase two was the future. One hundred and eighty papers were submitted to seven seminars in which 150 participants from the NHS and the public and private sectors took part (some of these papers are included at 45591/22). In May 2000 the inquiry produced an Interim Report on the Removal and Retention of Human Material.
Access statusOpen
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Related materialAll records were to be retained on the website, but this was no longer active in 2015 when these documents were transferred to the archives. Some of the website, including a PDF of the final 2001 report, is available via the Web Archive service of The National Archives (
Custodial historyOriginally donated to Bristol Reference Library as a place of public access to the records during the proceedings. Transferred to Bristol Record Office in July 2015 for permanent preservation
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