The Sun Newspaper
- April 2014
A whistleblower contacted us to alert the public that there were serious concerns about heart operations that had been carried out at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The anonymous source wanted the public to be made aware that heart surgeon Ian Wilson had been sacked for falsifying operation records during which at least 14 patients had died.
Mr Wilson carried out 389 operations between April 2010 and March 2013 with a mortality rate of 4.5 per cent. This is 2 per cent above the national average, although within accepted General Medical Council (GMC) guidelines.
The initial investigation was launched after 14 patients died in the 15 months between May 2012 and August 2013.
The GMC has placed restrictions on Mr Wilson's working practices while he is employed at Wolverhampton Heart and Lung Centre at New Cross Hospital.
Mr Wilson is taking the Birmingham Trust to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal.