Child heart op units shake-up

Hospitals in Leicester, Leeds and the Royal Brompton in London are to stop performing heart surgery on children. The move is aimed at streamlining paediatric heart services.

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Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts: 'This is a landmark decision'

Sir Neil McKay, chairman of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts, has described the decision to close three of the10 specialist units in England is a "landmark"

He said:

"This is a landmark decision that clinicians and patients have long called for which will enable the NHS to improve care for children with congenital heart disease.

"The needs of children, not the vested interests of hospitals, have been at the heart of this review.

"We recognise these are difficult decisions to make, and that some people will be disappointed to lose their nearest surgical centre.

However, we strongly believe our decision is in the best interests of all children and will ensure services are safe and sustainable for the future."

– Sir Neil McKay, chairman of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts

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