Fresh bid to save city's heart unit
Councillors, campaigners and parents will today begin an 11th hour bid to save children's heart surgery at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.
They will be telling members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) why the hospital should stay as a surgical centre for children born with heart defects.
A review by the IRP has been ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt following the decision in July to cut the number hospitals in England providing children's heart surgery from 11 to seven.
The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts decided not to include Glenfield Hospital in the seven.
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Adam Tansey, from Burbage, whose son Albert was born with half a heart, will be making the case for Glenfield.
He said: "The information we have is very revealing. There are elements of data we think should have been used in the review and weren't and instances where we think data was missed."
Mr Tansey, who set up an online petition which has been signed by more than 108,000 people, said: "This is another stage in the process and we have to be optimistic."
Panelists will visit Glenfield and hear evidence from campaigners, councillors and doctors.
The Leicester Mercury Patients' Panel has also been invited to give evidence. People can give their views to the review by e-mailing: