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New initiative to tackle high infant death rate in the West Midlands

New mothers in the West Midlands are to be given a cardboard box for their new baby to sleep in when they leave hospital to help reduce infant deaths. The idea comes from Finland where it's had a dramatic affect on infant mortality rates, it's now hoped it may have the same effect here in the West Midlands which has the highest rate of sudden infant death syndrome, in the country.


There is a "cloud of uncertainty" at the children's heart unit at Glenfield Hospital, says Leicester West MP

The future of the children's heart unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester has been debated in parliament today Credit: ITV News Central

The future of the threatened children's heart unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester has been the subject of passionate debate in parliament. MPs from all sides say the proposal by NHS England to close it down simply doesn't make sense.

Campaigners fear lives would be lost if surgery is transferred to Birmingham.

While NHS England insist no decisions have yet been taken they say the shake-up is about creating a robust and sustainable service for the future. Leading the opposition today was Leicester MP Liz Kendall.

Leicester West MP holds Parliament debate over future of Children's Heart Surgery Unit

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall Credit: PA

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall held a debate in Parliament this morning over the future of the Children's Heart Surgery Unit at Glenfield Hospital.

Our Political Correspondent is in Westminster covering the story.

The debate comes as the unit was earmarked for closure after health bosses said it wasn't meeting the standards required.

The closure 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.


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