Today at a meeting of East Midlands Councils (a body representing all councils across the region) I was pleased to support the Labour Group’s motion against closing the children’s heart unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. The motion was seconded by the Conservative group and I am pleased to say it received unanimous support from all councils and all political parties.
Last week NHS England announced it intended to close this highly respected children’s heart surgery unit at the hospital and is used by children from across the region. The hospital currently delivers good quality of service and is meeting all of its targets. If it closes families may have to travel to specialist units as far as Leeds, Liverpool or even Southampton which will cause great distress when they are already facing stress because of their child’s illness and this will just add to both the human and financial cost especially for families on low income.
In less than a week over 16,000 people have signed a petition to save the hospital from closure and I would urge everybody to do so because this could have a direct effect to local families from Kettering and around the area. Hopefully backing can be found from all of our local MPs and I would also urge people to write to Phillip Hollobone asking for his support if they share my concerns.
The NHS has said that public consultation may take place if appropriate! This at a time when central government is calling for greater integration across public services and it is extremely worrying that no consultation has yet taken place and local councils have only just been informed of this decision.
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