NHS England welcomes children's heart unit decision

NHS England welcomed Jeremy Hunt's decision to suspend planned closures of three children's heart surgery units and promised to lead plans to rethink how care can be improved.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director for NHS England said:

We welcome the review and NHS England will now study its recommendations in full to learn from them. We will institute a new process that recognises the very strong case for redesigning services to meet the demands of the future whilst addressing the legitimate concerns in our local communities.

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Heart unit closures suspended

Plans to close three children's heart units have been suspended by the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt said the decision to close the units would be put on hold after a review suggested that a consultation was based on "flawed analysis".