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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Calls to overturn the closure of children's heart unit

Leicester West MP, Liz Kendall, has today called for the Government to overturn its decision to close Glenfield children's heart surgery unit.

It comes after data released shows that Glenfield has the second lowest death rates of any unit of its kind in England.

It beggars belief that the unit is earmarked for closure when it has the second lowest death rates of any service in the country.

The Government must now over-turn the decision by the Safe and Sustainable Review, and Glenfield must remain open.

– Liz Kendall, Leicester West MP

She has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to demand that Glenfield stays open.

The unit was earmarked for closure as part of NHS plans to reduce the number of specialist centres for children's heart surgery.

Under the plans, patients would have to travel to Birmingham Children's Hospital to be treated.

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Midlands hospitals ready to take on patients from Leeds

Surgeons in theatre
Surgeons in theatre Credit: PA

Birmingham Children's Hospital and Glenfield Hospital in Leicester say they are ready to take on patients from Leeds General Infirmary.

Children's congenital heart surgery service has been suspended at the Yorkshire hospital whilst an internal review is carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

It's after data suggested a death rate twice the national average.

Giles Peak is the Head of Children's Heart Surgery at Glenfield Hospital. He has confirmed to ITV News Central that the hospital is ready to take on patients that need surgery.

He is awaiting a decision to be made in Leeds as to where the patients need to go.

A spokesperson for Birmingham Children's Hospital said they were also ready to take on patients in urgent cases, should the need arise.

For more on this read ITV News.

MP expresses anger over failure to release death rate data

The Leicester MP Liz Kendall says she is angry at the government's failure to release key data on death rates at Children's Heart hospitals.

Glenfield is one of those units due to close as part of moves to have fewer Children's heart centres in England.

She wants the data to be passed to leading expert professor Sir Brian Jarman who is looking into how the decision was reached.

Leicester MP: 'Stepping up pressure in campaign to save Glenfield'

Professor Brian Jarman is one of the country’s leading experts on hospital death rates. He has twice asked for the data on children’s heart surgery to be released so that he can conduct a full analysis into which units have the best outcomes, which is why I raised the issue directly with the Health Secretary.

Jeremy Hunt claims he wants a climate of openness and transparency in the NHS. Yet he has refused to ensure the data on children’s heart surgery is released to Professor Jarman.

Mr Hunt should practice what he preaches and provide the data to Professor Jarman now.

– Leicester West MP, Liz Kendall

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Leicester MP to meet NHS chief executive in attempt to save Glenfield children's heart surgery

Leicester's Glenfield children's heart surgery is due to close after a reorganisation of government services
Leicester's Glenfield children's heart surgery is due to close after a reorganisation of national services Credit: PA

The MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, will today meet the Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Glenfield clinicians in an attempt to save the children's heart surgery.

A High Court judge yesterday ruled that the national Safe and Sustainable consultation process was unfair and legally flawed following a challenge brought by campaigners.

Glenfield campaigners celebrate High Court ruling, full report

Campaigners fighting to keep children's heart surgery at Glenfield hospital in Leicester are celebrating a High Court ruling which they say strengthens their case.

A judge says the decision to concentrate care in just seven regional centres including Birmingham is " fundamentally flawed". It could mean the whole process has to start all over again. Our correspondent Alison Mackenzie reports.

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