MPs to meet health bosses to make the case for Glenfield
Two MPs are to meet officials carrying out a review of the future of children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.
Leicester West representative Liz Kendall and Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, are hoping to meet Lord Ribeiro, chairman of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.
The panel is reviewing a decision to cut the number of hospitals in England which provide surgery for children born with heart problems from 11 to seven.
Glenfield Hospital is one of those earmarked to stop the service.The meeting is expected to take place on December 13. The MPs are among 15 from across the East Midlands and two members of the House of Lords who have written in support of Glenfield Hospital.
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Their letter expresses concern that three particular clinical points were not adequately considered by the decision-making body, the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts.
These include the impact of moving the specialist children's Ecmo (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) service to Birmingham, worries over whether there is room in Birmingham to deal with more patients and the low mortality rate at Glenfield Hospital.
Ecmo is used to oxygenate blood outside the body, doing the work of the heart and lungs.
The letter, which has also been signed by Bishop Tim of Leicester and Lord Bach of Lutterworth, said: "We firmly believe that there is a strong clinical case to retain services at Glenfield Hospital and this demands a full and proper reconsideration of the evidence."
Ms Kendall said: "This is a cross-party initiative involving MPs from all parties and from all parts of the East Midlands."
Ms Morgan said: "We all pledged to continue the campaign to save children's heart surgery at Glenfield and this is the next step."