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Vow to save Leicester children's heart ward

Category: England

Published: 4th May 2010 14:29:30

Parents say they will fight any plans to scrap a children's heart surgery ward at Leicester's Glenfield hospital.

The NHS is reviewing 11 paediatric cardiac surgery centres in England with a view to closing some centres.

Officials say that care should be concentrated in fewer larger wards to provide a higher standard of treatment for children.

But parents have argued that closures and increased travel will have a negative impact on young patients.

Graham Brown's daughter received heart surgery at Glenfield when she was three years old, and he is now a spokesperson for the charity Heartlink.

"We will certainly be fighting really hard to make sure it stays at Glenfield," he said.

Public consultation

The review is being carried out by the National Specialised Commissioning Group and recommendations are due in the summer.

The group said there are no plans to reduce the number of surgeons and the review is not about cost cutting.

Giles Peek, from Glenfield hospital, said: "No decision has been made about the future of children's heart services at any of the specialist units in the country.

"The national review is due to continue until September when the public will be consulted on any recommendations."

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