Children's heart surgery review

Criticisms are expected in a review, due to be published today, on how hospitals in the UK were selected to provide children's heart surgery. Southampton General is one of seven chosen to be specialist centres.

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Future of Southampton heart unit not clear

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told parliament that a review of children's heart surgery units across the UK was based on flawed analysis.

The process to close three hospitals will now be suspended pending a further review by the government.

Jeremy Hunt did not make clear what impact this will have on Southampton General Hospital's heart unit.

The government still insists that larger specialist centres are needed improve the quality of children's heart surgery in the UK.

The Health Secretary insisted that the suspension was not 'a mandate for the status quo' and that NHS England would 'not seek to go over old ground over the past five years'.

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