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Consultation on children's congenital heart services

The NHS in England is currently consulting on changes to the way children’s congenital heart services are delivered in the future.

At present there are 11 centres providing children’s heart surgery but clinicians, professional associations and leading national heart charities agree that surgical expertise should be pooled into fewer, larger centres to ensure services are safe and sustainable for the future. 

In February a joint committee of primary care trusts (JCPCT) agreed the recommendations for change which are now subject to public consultation. Naturally these recommendations, if implemented, would have an impact on other NHS services and the clinicians working to deliver them.

You are invited to take part in the consultation if you have not already done so. You can choose to reply individually or as an organisation. All responses will be considered. Please ensure you respond by the 1 July 2011.

You have the opportunity to directly influence the outcome of this review. No decisions have been made yet and none will be until the JCPCT has considered fully what you and others have to say. 

How to respond to the consultation:

A copy of the consultation document and online consultation response form can be found at http://www.specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safeandsustainable/consultation_document

If you would prefer to write in, you can do so by sending your response to  Freepost RSLT-SRLZ-JYYY, Safe and Sustainable, Ipsos MORI, Research Services House, Elmgrove Road, Harrow, HA1 2QG