Campaigners hope legal victory could help save heart unit at Glenfield Hospital
PARENTS in Derbyshire fighting to keep a children's regional heart surgery unit open have welcomed a legal victory by another centre earmarked for closure.
Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, which treats county youngsters, is one of 10 centres nationally providing children's heart surgery.
But there was outrage when the Government last year decided to cut the number to seven. Parents said it meant Derbyshire children would probably have to travel to Birmingham.
Officials had decided to close the units after an NHS review concluded that expertise was spread too thinly and should be concentrated in fewer hospitals.
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But a High Court judge yesterday ruled the consultation process leading to the changes was flawed and upheld a challenge by campaign group Save Our Surgery – which wants to stop the closure of the heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
The decision could throw plans for the reorganisation generally into disarray.
Stuart Tranter, 32, of Spondon – whose son, Taylor-James, three, had a operation on his heart at Glenfield when he was a baby – said: "Anything which can drag this out as long as possible can only be good. We just hope the Government is listening to all of this."