Tyne & Wear

Consultation over Newcastle heart unit ends

A consultation into the future of specialist children's heart units has ended, with campaigners hoping the one in Newcastle will escape the axe.

The NHS plans to reduce the number of centres from 11 to six or seven across England and Wales.

A review has set out four options, one of which would lead to the closure of the unit at the Freeman Hospital.

This move provoked strong opposition, with hundreds of local responses to the consultation process.

The options are to keep units open at either:

  • Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham plus two in London
  • Newcastle, Liverpool, Leicester, Birmingham, Bristol plus two in London
  • Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton plus two in London
  • Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol plus two in London

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