Campaigners protesting today in Leicester were hoping for a u-turn. The new Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has promised an initial review into the decision to relocate children's heart surgery services to Birmingham.
Fourteen-year-old Joseph Mann had two heart valve operations at Glenfield. His message to Mr Hunt was:
"Look over it properly. Look at everything. The experts, the reviews, everything. Look at it all properly."
His mother said,
"We're hoping that something new can be brought to light, and he'll reconsider."
Campaigners are gathering in Leicester today to once again make their views known about the proposal to close the children's heart surgery unit at Glenfield hospital. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday ordered an initial review into the decision to move the service from Leicester to Birmingham.
Glenfield unit's future to be discussed in Parliament
The decision to close the children's heart surgery unit in Leicester's due to be raised in Parliament again today. It's a last-ditch attempt by cross-party Midlands MPs, including shadow health minister Liz Kendall, before the summer recess.