Belfast children’s heart surgery unit should close, says health board

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 26 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2721
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Children born with congenital heart defects in Northern Ireland should have their surgery carried out in future in Dublin rather than Belfast, a report from the province’s Health and Social Care Board has recommended.

Northern Ireland’s health minister, Edwin Poots, is expected to make a final decision within a few weeks, but his approval is thought to be a formality.

Campaigners have battled to keep the surgery in Northern Ireland, and more than 80 members of the legislative assembly …

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