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Congenital heart disease units will close in Manchester, Leicester, and the Royal Brompton

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 08 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3807
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Several heart specialist services are due to be closed across England under new proposals, and care will focus instead on centres of excellence that meet tough new standards.

Units that currently provide congenital heart surgery at the Central Manchester, Leicester, and Royal Brompton hospitals are set to close. The proposed changes, announced by NHS England on 8 July, are said to be necessary to ensure consistently high quality services across England for patients with congenital heart disease. The condition affects as many as 9 in 1000 babies born in the United Kingdom, with differing types of disease and levels of severity.

Services and surgery in this area of care are clustered in a small number of specialist centres across England, …

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