A formal inquiry has been ordered following concerns about the safety of child heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The parents of seven children who recently died at the hospital have accused the cardiac unit of “a catalogue of neglect and poor care”.

One of these was Steve Turner, whose four-year-old son Sean suffered complications after a new computer system failed to make a post-operative appointment.

After reading about another infant fatality at the hospital, Mr Turner sent a tweet to NHS clinical director Sir Bruce Keogh asking when he was going to “sort this out”.

To his surprise, Sir Bruce responded saying he would “meet all concerned parents.”

A meeting between the bereaved parents and Sir Bruce has recently taken place, and an inquiry into the safety of child heart surgery at Bristol has now been ordered.

The inquiry will be led by Sir Ian Kennedy, who investigated baby heart deaths at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the 1990s.

However, Sir Bruce has not said whether or not it is safe for heart surgery to proceed at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

This uncertainty is causing parents whose children are due to undergo heart surgery considerable stress, as they do not know whether their children are being put at risk.

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