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Heart Diseases

Health written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Conservative, Pudsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what steps he is taking to ensure that all advisers and decision-makers involved within the decision-making process are representative of all regions and units;

(2) if he will commission further capacity analysis to consider patient flows as part of the new congenital cardiac review;

(3) if he will commission further capacity analysis to consider more recent and predicted increases in activity and population growth and take such analysis into account in the new congenital cardiac review;

(4) what steps he is taking to ensure that assessments are correct and that individual units will be given proper scope to respond, prior to publication of the congenital cardiac review;

(5) what steps he is taking to ensure that population density, geography and transport links are taken into consideration in the scope of the new congenital cardiac review.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England, as the body responsible for commissioning specialised congenital heart services, is responsible for taking forward the new national review of these services.

NHS England has published a paper on the review which is available at:


It outlines early thinking on the way forward and will be considered at its board meeting on 18 July.

We are advised by NHS England that there will be opportunities for all stakeholders to participate in the review, including all current providers of congenital cardiac services. NHS England will obtain analytical and other advice to support its review process, including where necessary updates of existing analysis.

NHS England is committed to wide and ongoing engagement. On 21 June, its officials met the senior leaders of all those centres currently providing children's congenital heart surgery to discuss the review and their engagement in the process.

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