Bacchus Marsh baby deaths: Australia should learn from the UK and publish clinician performance data

The United Kingdom has been where the Victorian government is now. After a review confirmed 11 newborn and stillborn deaths at Victoria’s Bacchus Marsh hospital were potentially avoidable, the state is set to overhaul its health services. It also took the deaths or serious injury of babies and children to change things in England. The General Medical Council’s 1998 inquiry into the deaths of 29 babies undergoing heart surgery in the 1980s and early 1990s at the Bristol Royal Infirmary concluded that there had been serious professional misconduct by three doctors. In response, the UK government decided to publish hospital…
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