Over 35,000 sign petition to save Children’s Heart Surgery at Glenfield

A campaign to save children’s heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital has received over 35,000 signatures.

The online petition calls for a parliamentary discussion and review into the decision to close the Children’s Heart Unit in Leicester. The petition needs 100,000 signatures to trigger the parliamentary review.

The petition follows NHS England’s decision not to support Glenfield as a centre where children’s heart surgery should take place in future.

The hospital says it’s shocked at the decision and their results are among the best in the country.

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NHS England produced a set of standards in June that each surgical centre needed to meet to continue to be commissioned in the future. It was deemed Glenfield Hospital did not meet these standards.

However, none of the 14 specialist congenital heart centres currently meet all of the new care standards.

A number of leading health experts, organisations and MPs have also criticised the decision, saying they do not believe it is in the best interests of patients.

John Adler, Chief Executive at Leicester’s Hospitals, said:

“Over the last 18 months we have made excellent progress, with the support of our charities and partner organisations, to meet the standards set by NHS England through the New Congenital Heart Disease Review. We have expanded the number of beds, improved our outcomes, invested in staffing and briefed architects to create a new single site children’s hospital which will meet the co-location standard.

“We are confident that our clinical outcomes are now amongst the best in the country so we strongly disagree with NHS England’s decision and will not sit by whilst they destroy our fabulous service.”

If you would like to add your name, the parliamentary petition can be found here