Shake-up for child heart op units

Child heart surgery should be stopped at three of the 10 hospitals that perform the procedures, NHS bosses have said.

An official review concluded units at Leicester, Leeds and London's Royal Brompton hospitals should stop surgery so care could be concentrated at fewer, larger sites.

Leslie Hamilton, leading heart surgeon and former President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, said that expertise had been spread "too thinly" and that the review was focused on ensuring "the highest quality of care for children".

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