Glenfield Hospital: Rally held for child heart surgery

Campaigners fighting to save children’s heart surgery at an East Midlands hospital held a rally in Leicester.

An NHS England consultation on the future of the heart centre at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital closes on 17 July.

NHS England said the hospital’s three surgeons are not meeting a total target of performing 375 operations a year.

But Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth said the centre has backing from Labour and Tory MPs in the region.

Mr Ashworth said: “These decisions have to be made on clinical grounds, and I am convinced that after listening to what clinicians have had to say that Leicester has a future.

“I would urge everyone in the East Midlands to respond to the consultation which ends in the next few days.”

Article from BBC news, 8 July 2017