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Children's heart unit review

Plans to close three children's heart surgery units were suspended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today. Addressing the House of Commons he said the review was based on "flawed analysis"

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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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