Surgery: Children

Health written question – answered at on 3 May 2011.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts takes into account co-location capabilities in its consultation on the future of children's heart units.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

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.

Co-location capabilities will be taken into account by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts in the consultation on the future of children's heart units.

Sir Ian Kennedy and his panel assessed the units against a number of service standards which included consideration of co-location. His findings and recommendations, including those on the extent to which the units meet the co-location requirements, have been considered by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts in its deliberations. Sir Ian's full report is in the public domain and is available on the NHS Specialised Services website at:

www.specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safeandsustainable

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