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Campaigners call on public to support Glenfield Hospital heart centre meeting

Glenfield Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners have called on the public to support a meeting in Leicester today (24 September) to oppose the proposed closure of children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.

It has been opposed by the local hospitals' trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, as well as patients families who are affected across the East Midlands.

More than 30,000 people have signed an online parliamentary petition to hold a public review into the decision.

A mother with her daughter at Glenfield Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Steve Score, whose son had open heart surgery at Glenfield last year, is chairing the meeting:

We are hoping for a big turnout in order to continue to build the campaign to save children's heart surgery at Glenfield and are appealing for as many people to come as possible to support us.

Glenfield saves lives and has excellent clinical outcomes as good as anywhere in the country. NHS England's reasoning does not stand up.

– Steve Score
Glenfield Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Earlier this month a meeting was held between NHS England and the hospitals' trust.

MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, attended the session:

The children's heart surgery unit at Glenfield provides a superb service to families in Leicester and I'm fighting with all my might to save it. This meeting was a chance to quiz NHS bosses about the proposals and present evidence about the great outcomes the heart surgery unit achieves.

Decisions must be based on what's best for children and the latest evidence on clinical outcomes shows that the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre is one of the best performing surgical centres in England.

Ensuring children get the very best quality of care is my absolute priority and I’m working with the local community, clinicians and other MPs to fight this decision.

– Liz Kendall

An NHS England spokesperson said:

There is a national consensus that we need to ensure better outcomes and experience for patients with congenital heart disease.

Our proposals aim to make this a reality and ensure patients get care that meets the nationally agreed standards now and into the future. No final decisions have been made.

– NHS England spokesperson