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Anguish over heart surgery changes

At least four of the 11 units which carry out children's heart surgery in England should close, according to a new report for the NHS.

It argues that standards and safety would improve if operations were confined to a smaller number of bigger units.

The review has just announced four different options for provision of surgery in the future.

The BBC's spoke to Maria Crocker whose son David is eight. He sees his consultant at the John Radcliffe hospital every six months for a check up but his condition is stable.

He goes there as an outpatient as their heart unit stopped doing surgery in 2010 but was due to go to Southampton if his condition required an operation, now that option is under threat.

  • 16 Feb 2011
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