After seven years of campaigning, Liz Kendall MP has welcomed the decision taken by NHS England to keep children’s heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Liz has lead the campaign including holding debates and questioning the Prime Minister in Parliament, working with MPs from across the East Midlands, meeting health ministers, writing to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens, and delivering a petition with over 130,000 signatures to Number 10 Downing Street.
Liz Kendall MP said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that we’re going to keep children’s heart surgery at Glenfield.
“Today’s decision by NHS England is a vindication of the hard work of our amazing doctors and nurses, and a vote of confidence in the hospital’s plans for the future.
“The challenge now is to keep improving services and treat even more children, with even better standards of care. I know that’s what everyone at Glenfield is determined to do and I’ll be holding NHS England and the Department of Health to account for working with us to achieve our goals.
“The future of Glenfield children’s heart surgery unit is the most important issue I’ve been involved with since I was elected as the MP for Leicester West seven years ago.
“I want to thank and pay tribute to everyone who has helped with our campaign: all the patients and families, the brilliant staff at Glenfield, the charities, East Midlands MPs and thousands of members of the public. We wouldn’t have got here without you.”