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Liz welcomes today’s announcement on the future of Children’s Heart Surgery at Glenfield

Liz at PMQs 12th June 2013 2I warmly welcome the decision to overturn the flawed “Safe and Sustainable review” and to look again at the decision to close children’s heart surgery at Glenfield.

Ensuring children get the very best quality of care has always been my top priority and the focus of our cross-party campaign. I want to thank Glenfield’s staff, the families and members of the public for their incredible support throughout this process.

Whilst I know more delay and uncertainty will be deeply frustrating for all those concerned, today’s announcement completely vindicates what we’ve been saying from the start: that decisions must be based on the evidence of what’s best for children and their families.

This evidence shows Glenfield has the second best survival rates from children’s heart surgery in the country, as well as a world class ECMO service.

I’ll now be working with Glenfield and its supporters to ensure that NHS England put this evidence at the heart of their new review.

You can read the IRP’s full report here. I asked the Prime Minister about this, which you can watch by clicking here.