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Next steps for children’s congenital heart surgery

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The next steps for reviewing the provision of children’s heart surgery across England have been published by NHS England.

Plans for a workable solution by June 2012 have been set out by NHS England chair Sir Malcolm Grant in a letter to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt.

The plans aim to ensure that future generations have the best possible quality of care, better outcomes, a positive patient experience, and consistently high levels of safety.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

We want to listen to the views of patients and clinicians to hear what they think will provide the safest and highest standard of services for patients and their families.

I look forward to receiving further updates on this work from NHS England, and reaching a conclusion in the best interests of patients and families across the country.

NHS England is leading a rethink of plans to improve children’s heart surgery following an independent report on a review that assessed the quality of care given to children born with a serious heart condition.

Read the NHS England news story.