"The Independent Reconfiguration Panel undertook an initial assessment of the referrals made to the Secretary of State and noted that there are common themes in the referrals received so far. In conclusion, the IRP's view was that the 'issues raised merit further consideration'.
"Following this, the Secretary of State has asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) to conduct a full review of the proposals for change under the Safe and Sustainable review of congenital heart services. As part of this, the IRP will consider the implications on other services".
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