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Glenfield Children’s Heart Unit

Volume 628: debated on Tuesday 12 September 2017

On 28 September, NHS England will decide on the future of the Glenfield children’s heart surgery unit in the east midlands, which is currently at Glenfield Hospital. It is a very high-performing unit, with some of the best outcomes in the entire country, and I have been privileged to see its amazing staff at work. Without it, the east midlands would be the only region in the country without such a unit, and parents would have to travel a very long way to see their children.

Some 130,000 people have already signed one petition against closure, and as we approach the final decision on the future of the unit, I present this parliamentary petition as a reminder of how strongly my constituents feel about keeping this brilliant unit.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of Harborough, Oadby and Wigston,

Declares that the petitioners want Glenfield Children's Heart Unit to be retained; further that this is a high performing unit and it is vital to retain such a service in the East Midlands.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges NHS England to keep Glenfield Children's Heart Unit open.

And the petitioners remain, etc.