Children's heart unit review

Plans to close three children's heart surgery units were suspended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today. Addressing the House of Commons he said the review was based on "flawed analysis"

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Plans to close children's heart surgery units suspended

Plans to close three children's heart surgery units were suspended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today.

Addressing the House of Commons he said the review was based on "flawed analysis", saying:

The outcome of safe and sustainable review was based on a flawed analysis..and leaves too many questions about sustainability and implementation. This is serious criticism.

I therefore accept their recommendation that the proposals cannot go ahead in their current form, and am suspending the review today.

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Child heart surgery unit decisions made last July

Last July, the decision was taken to close three of the 10 specialist child heart surgery units in England in a move to streamline paediatric heart services.

Leeds General Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, and the Royal Brompton in Chelsea, west London were earmarked for closure

The seven hospitals where it was decided surgery on children would continue were:

  • Great Ormond Street in London
  • Evelina Children's Hospital in London
  • Freeman Hospital in Newcastle
  • Birmingham's Children's Hospital
  • Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool
  • Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol
  • Southampton General Hospital

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Child heart surgery unit closures review due

The results of a review into the future of children's heart surgery at three hospitals in England is expected to be published later today.

Last year, the NHS revealed plans to end surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Royal Brompton in west London.

However, after legal challenges and public opposition to the plans, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered the review in October.

The decision to stop heart surgery on children at certain hospitals has been controversial. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Read: Child heart units in Leicester, Leeds, and London to stop surgery

Another review of heart surgery units expected

ITV News Central, Political Correspondent, Alison MacKenzie understand that the Health Secretary is expected to call for a further review of children's heart surgery units this afternoon.

Last July, the decision was taken to close three of the 10 specialist child heart surgery units in England in a move to streamline paediatric heart services.

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, Leeds General Infirmary and the Royal Brompton in Chelsea, West London were earmarked for closure.

Campaigners in Leicester had hoped the decision to close the only children's heart surgery unit in the East Midlands would be overturned today but it is likely that Jeremy Hunt will call for further consultation before a final decision is made.

Future of heart unit at Glenfield Hospital

Campaigners say they're expecting a decision on the future of the only children's heart surgery unit in the East Midlands.

The unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester has been earmarked for closure - meaning patients would have to travel to Birmingham. A final decision is expected from the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt soon.

Decision expected on future of heart until at Glenfield Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Review into Leicester children's heart surgery unit

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A review into the decision to close three children's heart surgery units, including one in Leicester, will be given to the Health Secretary.

Campaigners have been fighting to keep the unit at Glenfield Hospital open and hope this review will secure its future.

More than £6m has been spent on the review into the future of children's heart surgeries which includes Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

It follows the decision in July to cut the number of hospitals offering surgery for children with heart problems from 11 to seven.

The costs of the review were revealed in a Parliamentary question from Loughborough MP, Stuart Andrew, answered by Health Minister Anna Soubry.

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Review of children's heart surgery units

The Government has confirmed more than £6 million has been spent on a review into the future of children's heart surgery.

The review concluded last year that Leicester's Glenfield Hospital would lose its children's heart unit with services transferred to Birmingham.

Campaigners are continuing to fight the move, and have described the Government's budget for the review as "absurd". John Willats reports.

NHS statement on cost of external communications

Any significant proposals for change in health services must involve clinicians, patients and the public in a meaningful way.

The public consultation on Safe and Sustainable in 2011 attracted over 75,000 responses: 20% of formal respondents were from BAME communities and 10% were from young people, making it the largest consultation in the history of the NHS.

– NHS England

Glenfield review costs reach £8m

The costs of a review into the future of children's heart surgeries including Glenfield Hospital has reached £8m
The costs of a review into the future of children's heart surgeries including Glenfield Hospital has reached £8m Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than £8m has been spent on the review into the future of children's heart surgeries which includes Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

It follows the decision in July to cut the number of hospitals offering surgery for children with heart problems from eleven to seven.

The costs of the review were revealed in a Parliamentary question from Loughborough MP, Stuart Andrew, answered by Health Minister Anna Soubry.

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