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To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) whether he has taken account of the potential travel times to children's heart surgery units in determining the number and location of such units;
(2) when he expects to publish the favoured reconfiguration option for children’s heart surgery units; and what processes will be gone through before he makes his decision.
The “Safe and Sustainable” review of children’s heart services in England is being conducted by the NHS Specialised Commissioning Team. We have however, been following its progress.
The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) has been established as the formal body to undertake the consultation on the “Safe and Sustainable” review and to take the decision on the best reconfiguration option after analysis of the review responses.
A number of key criteria were taken into account when determining the options on number and location of children’s heart surgery units, which are currently out to consultation. These included travel times. The pre-consultation business case sets out details of the travel time analysis for all of the options. More information is at:
No decision has yet been made on the number and locations of children’s heart surgery units. The proposed options for children’s heart surgery units are currently being consulted on. The consultation concludes on
The JCPCT will consider an independent analysis of the consultation responses, reports from overview and scrutiny committees, and a health impact assessment. The JCPCT is expected to make a decision in the autumn of 2011 and this will be published shortly afterwards.