Children’s heart surgery u-turn hailed

Paul and Sally Twell with daughters Ava, Savannah and Edie.
Paul and Sally Twell with daughters Ava, Savannah and Edie.

Plans to axe children’s heart surgery at the hospital serving families in Boston have been reversed.

Last week the Government announced that plans for a surgery shake-up that would have put an end to children’s congenital surgery at Leicester Glenfield Hospital had been suspended.

The decision had been reviewed by Lincolnshire County Council’s health scrutiny committee.

Committee chairman Coun Christine Talbot hailed the decision.

Coun Talbot said: “Under the plans, Lincolnshire parents with very poorly children would be required to travel to Newcastle, London or Birmingham, depending on where they lived, adding difficulty to an already incredibly stressful 
time.”

Paul Twell, 39, of Gosberton Risegate, who along with his daughter Edie, 4, had surgery at Glenfield, said: 
“It’s fantastic news and 
we’re delighted that common sense has prevailed in that the Government has finally realised that these specialist hospitals need to be local to people.

“Glenfields Hospital offers a fantastic service and its staff have helped us and so many other families in getting back to perfect health.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had requested a review into the decision by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) in October 2012.