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.
– NHS England
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.
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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.
The NHS is to appeal against a High Court ruling over controversial plans to streamline children's heart surgery services across the country.
The move, which is the latest in a bitter row over the issue, was condemned as a "waste of time and taxpayers' money" by campaign group Save Our Surgery.
It follows a successful challenge against the suggested closure of the unit at Leeds General Infirmary at London's High Court last month, when Mrs Justice Nicola Davies declared the decision-making process "legally flawed".
An NHS spokesman said:
"There is broad consensus - among both clinicians and patient groups - that the NHS needs to concentrate the care of children needing these services into fewer, larger specialist centres, as an integral part of children's heart networks.
– NHS spokesperson
"To do this, we need to take account of all the available information, including the recent High Court ruling of 27 March and the report on the issues that is due to be published by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel."
The controversial decision, if it stands, means the closure of the Leeds unit as well as those at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and London's Royal Brompton.
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.
– Liz Kendall, Leicester West MP
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.
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.
A teenage heart patient who has campaigned to keep her local cardiac unit open, has won a top award.
Ria Pahwa who is 14-years-old and from Leicester, has organised rallies and petitions against plans to close the Children's heart unit at Glenfield Hospital.
Now she has been awarded the Lord Lieutenant award which celebrates the achievements of young people in Leicestershire.
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.
For more on this read ITV News.
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.