Health secretary orders review into Glenfield heart unit decision
Campaigners have won a major breakthrough in the fight to save children’s heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today ordered a full review of the controversial decision after an independent panel told him there were grounds for a rethink.
It is a significant step forward in the battle to save children’s cardiac surgery after an NHS review earlier this year concluded that Glenfield’s unit should be one of four to be axed in England.
It meant that children born with heart problems would have to go to Birmingham for their operations and the children’s specialist Ecmo - extra corporeal membrane oxygenation - service would also move.
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The Independent Configuration Panel (ICP) has been asked to look in detail at how the decision was reached.
It has been asked to report its findings by 28 February 2013.
A debate is taking place in Parliament following an e-petition opposing the move attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
Adam Tansey, from Burbage, whose son Albert was born with half a heart, said: “This review is what we have been fighting for all along.
“We wanted someone independent to look at how the national decision was made.
The debate will be streamed live HERE from 4:30pm.