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Hundreds to hold protest over closure of children's heart unit at Glenfield

Hundreds of people will hold a protest in Leicester this weekend against the proposed closure of the children's heart unit at Glenfield hospital.

NHS England plan to close down the unit because it is not meeting targets.

Among the supporters tomorrow will be Mike and Nicola Weaver from Lincolnshire whose son George was saved by the unit.

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.


What NHS England say ...

Will Huxter is Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning at NHS England.

He explains why the organisation is considering removing children's heart surgery at Glenfield...

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.

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