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Child heart surgery unit closures review due

The results of a review into the future of children's heart surgery at three hospitals in England is expected to be published later today.

Last year, the NHS revealed plans to end surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Royal Brompton in west London.

However, after legal challenges and public opposition to the plans, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered the review in October.

The decision to stop heart surgery on children at certain hospitals has been controversial. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Read: Child heart units in Leicester, Leeds, and London to stop surgery

Toddler dies after being found in Billing Aquadrome lake

A two-year-old girl has died after being found in a lake at Billing Aquadrome earlier this year.

Mandi Munhuwa from Northampton went missing for a short time before being found in the water on the 10th March.

She was taken to Northampton General Hospital before being transferred to Glenfield Hospital for specialist treatment where she died on 10th May.

An inquest and post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

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Review into Leicester children's heart surgery unit

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A review into the decision to close three children's heart surgery units, including one in Leicester, will be given to the Health Secretary.

Campaigners have been fighting to keep the unit at Glenfield Hospital open and hope this review will secure its future.

More than £6m 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 11 to seven.

The costs of the review were revealed in a Parliamentary question from Loughborough MP, Stuart Andrew, answered by Health Minister Anna Soubry.

Review of children's heart surgery units

The Government has confirmed more than £6 million has been spent on a review into the future of children's heart surgery.

The review concluded last year that Leicester's Glenfield Hospital would lose its children's heart unit with services transferred to Birmingham.

Campaigners are continuing to fight the move, and have described the Government's budget for the review as "absurd". John Willats reports.

NHS statement on cost of external communications

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.

– NHS England

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Glenfield review costs reach £8m

The costs of a review into the future of children's heart surgeries including Glenfield Hospital has reached £8m
The costs of a review into the future of children's heart surgeries including Glenfield Hospital has reached £8m Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

NHS to appeal over heart unit closures

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.

"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."

– NHS spokesperson

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.

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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