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Dismayed at Children’s Heart Decision

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn, has expressed her dismay at a decision taken by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts today which will end surgery at a specialist children’s heart unit in Yorkshire. Campaigners from across the county have fought to save surgery at the specialist unit at Leeds General Infirmary, which provides life-saving surgery and care for children from Sheffield.

 

Today’s decision means that children from Sheffield could now have to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for surgery. The decision not to designate Leeds General Infirmary as a children’s heart surgery unit, was taken as part of a national review of Children’s Congenital Cardiac Services by the NHS.

 

Meg said:

 

“The decision today, means that children and families from Sheffield will have to travel much further for life-saving surgery. I know this will be devastating news to the many thousands of families and campaigners from across our region who have fought so hard to keep surgery at the Leeds unit. I believe the campaign presented a very strong case for keeping children’s heart surgery at the Leeds unit and we will want to look closely at the basis on which today’s decision has been made.

 

We have always said that the final decision should uphold what the review has described as the ‘cornerstone’ clinical standard that a minimum of 400 surgical procedures is necessary for a safe and sustainable centre and that it should follow best practice, which is for services to be based according to population. On this basis, it is clear that the Unit serving the largest population in the North and Northeast is Leeds, which has a regional population base more than twice that of Newcastle. Staff at the Leeds unit have developed relationships and collaborated with NHS colleagues from across Yorkshire for over a decade. Breaking up this network will have a detrimental impact, which will be felt across our region.”

 

Meg was asked to support the Leeds campaign by families living in her Sheffield Heeley constituency, many of whom had children that had benefited from surgery at the unit. She has raised concerns with government ministers and NHS managers on behalf of families and the campaign. She was also part of the team who presented a petition of 600,000 signatures, in support of keeping surgery at the Leeds unit, at Downing Street last year.

 

The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts decided not to designate Leeds General Infirmary as a children’s heart surgery unit, at a meeting to discuss the outcome of the national ‘Safe and Sustainable’ review of Children’s Congenital Cardiac Services. The meeting was held in public in London on 4th July 2012. To find out more about the review visit: http://www.specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safe_sustainable/childrens-congenital-cardiac-services

 

For more information on the Leeds campaign visit: http://www.chsf.org.uk/

Associated Photograph :

Meg with fellow MPs handing in the campaign petition to Number 10.

Meg with fellow MPs handing in the campaign petition to Number 10.


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