Doctors will feed into review of children’s heart services

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 12 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5065
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

An expert clinical advisory panel is to be formed to ensure that clinicians have their say in an imminent review being planned for the provision of children’s heart surgery across England.

Details of the new review, being led by NHS England at the request of the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will be made public at the end of September and a workable solution is expected to be ready for implementation by June of next year.

NHS cardiac surgery for children is currently provided by 10 hospitals in England and specialist paediatric cardiology is provided by a further three centres. Attempts to rationalise these specialist services have been ongoing for the last five years. A review recommended closure of three centres, and local campaigners took two of the decisions to the High Court and …

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