The president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass, says the need for reconfiguration has never been more urgent - and as today's IRP report states and the Health Secretary reiterated, the status quo is not an option.
"It is encouraging that NHS England has been tasked with devising a plan to take forward the review quickly. Decisions around complex issues such as reconfiguration will always involve some difficult judgment calls and hence be open to challenge, however robust the process.
"It's important to identify and acknowledge where there have been shortfalls, but we cannot let the problems with this particular process stall further what is crucial for ensuring safe and sustainable health services for children."
More top news
The Lions of Zululand, a traditional dance act from South Africa, are touring schools in the North East.
Drivers caught speeding excessively can now expect fines starting from 150% of their weekly income.
Newcastle City Councillors vote on Monday whether to approve new powers to tackle anti-social acts such as begging and street drinking.