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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.


Mother 'gobsmacked' children's heart centre may close

A mother whose daughter is currently at Glenfield Hospital has been speaking to ITV News Central about the potential closure of its' children's heart unit.

It comes ahead of a special meeting tonight.

Ann Edwards' daughter, Penelope, was whisked to Glenfield Hospital after her lungs collapsed last week. Their specialist equipment managed to save her life.


Drive to recruit more nurses for child care in Leicester

The Glenfield Hospital in Leicester needs more nurses Credit: ITV News Central

Health bosses are stepping up their efforts to find more nurses to care for child patients at one the region's main heart hospitals.

A recruitment open day is being held this Saturday for qualified nurses to join the Children's Cardiac Unit at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.

The unit is currently being expanded to provide better facilities to care for children born with congenital heart disease.

We are passionate about providing the highest standard of care to children born with congenital heart disease and are currently expanding our unit with ambitious plans to provide even better facilities for our families and staff.

– Carmel Hunt, matron for paediatric cardiology, Glenfield Hospital

On the day there will be interview opportunities, informal discussions with senior members of nursing staff, recruitment incentives, and department tours and goodie bags. A presentation will be followed by a free lunch and an opportunity to ask any questions.

Multi-million pound heart centre opens in Leicester

New multi-million pound heart centre Credit: University of Leicester

A multi-million pound heart facility will be officially opened at at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester today. The University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre aims to improve diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases.

Funding for the new centre has come from a number of different charities and foundations including the British Heart Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Edith Murphy Foundation.

Director of Development, Steve O'Conn said the centre will:

"Improve the health and life expectancy of patients and the public in Leicester, the UK and ultimately worldwide"

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