The inquiry into the Bristol child heart surgery tragedy, due to begin in March, has published a list of the main issues it will examine in the first phase of hearings.

It will look at the national, regional and local context in which children's heart surgery services at the Bristol Royal Infirmary were delivered between 1984 and 1995.

It will also compare similar services, look at how referrals were carried out, and examine the management of surgery, including pre and post-operative care.

Other issues include how concerns were dealt with, the role of post-mortems, audit, staff training and the treatment of patients and the roles of relevant organisations.

The list of issues for the first phase is available for public consultation until 29 January.

The Privy Council this week refused a request by struck-off Bristol chief executive Dr John Roylance to release notes on the General Medical Council's decision in advance of his appeal on 10 February.

The Bristol Inquiry:

www.Bristol-Inquiry.org.uk

e-mail: inquiry@doh.gov.uk