Articles tagged with: children’s heart surgery


[18/07/2017 | No comment]

I sent a letter signed by a cross-party group of 23 MPs from across the East Midlands to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, calling on them to stop the closure of children’s heart surgery services at Glenfield Hospital.

It also put pressure on them to urgently set up a meeting between NHS England and University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust so that Glenfield’s plan to deal with even more surgical cases can be discussed.

While the consultation on NHS England’s plans closed on 17 July, I will keep fighting to save this excellent unit. Click here to read the story on my letter in the Leicester Mercury, read coverage on ITV Central here, and watch me discussing the letter on BBC East Midlands Today here.

[04/07/2017 | No comment]

On 4th July I held a meeting in Parliament with MPs and senior staff from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to discuss the future of Glenfield children’s heart surgery unit and the next steps in our campaign to save this excellent service.

We will be writing to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, demanding answers on key issues relating to NHS England’s plans. It’s essential that people keep responding to the public consultation before the deadline on 17 July, so their views are heard loud and clear. You can respond here.

[05/06/2017 | No comment]

Today I joined campaigners for Glenfield’s children’s heart surgery unit to urge people to respond to the public consultation on the future of the service.

It’s really important that people respond before the deadline on 17 July so their views are heard loud and clear. You can respond here: If you need any assistance in filling out the consultation, please contact Shirley: shirleyb60 {at} virginmedia(.)com.

We’ve made huge progress already but we must now re-double our efforts to make the case for this excellent service and protect it for all the children and families who desperately need it.

Watch a video of me and the campaigners here:

[21/03/2017 | No comment]

On Thursday 2nd March I attended the public consultation meeting on NHS England’s proposals to stop children’s heart surgery services at Glenfield Hospital.

The meeting was attended by many members of the public, including patients and their families, as well as senior doctors from Glenfield and NHS England Officials.

During the meeting there were very passionate questions and comments from the audience. People are extremely worried about what the proposals will mean for our excellent ECMO service, for travel times to other hospitals, and for the vital ongoing support that Glenfield provides to parents and families.

You can watch my thoughts following the meeting here and help our cause by responding to the public consultation here.

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