Calls for child heart unit closure

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An NHS review announced last Friday that paediatric heart surgery should no longer take place at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital.
The review aims to reduce the number of specialist centres in Britain. Out of the eleven centres inspected, the John Radcliffe received the lowest ranking assessment by a “significant margin”.

Parents of children who have undergone surgery at the unit have expressed their outrage at the NHS decision and have launched a campaign to save the service.

Heart operations were suspended at the hospital earlier this year following the deaths of four infants at the surgery unit. The surgeon Caner Salih has since been found by an independent investigation to have made no errors in judgement.

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