Campaigners fighting to keep children's heart surgery at Glenfield hospital in Leicester are celebrating a High Court ruling.
A unique life saving service started today at Leicester's Glenfield hospital.
A House of Commons debate will take place today (22 October) to discuss the closure of Glenfield's children's heart surgery.
Leicester's Glenfield Hospital has begun to receive patients from Leeds General Infirmary.
The hospital stepped in to care for young heart patients after the unit in Yorkshire was closed for an internal review into high death rates.
The Glenfield unit is itself earmarked for closure as part of a controversial NHS plan to reduce the number of specialist centres.
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.
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A judge at the High Court has said part of an NHS consultation process into changes to children's heart surgery services must be carried out again.
It's after a ruling that the process that lead to the decision to close the unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, among others, was legally flawed.
The judge emphasised that she was not ordering that the whole consultation process had to return to the start.
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.
A two-year-old girl from Northampton is fighting for her life in hospital after being found in a lake at Billing Aquadrome in Northamptonshire.
The incident happened at around 4:30pm on Sunday. The toddler had been reported as missing.
Staff at the holiday park gave life-saving treatment before medical staff arrived.
She is currently being treated at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and is said to be in a critical condition.
The MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, has met with the Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Glenfield clinicians in an attempt to save the children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.
– Leicester West MP, Liz Kendall
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.
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.
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.