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RCS and SCTS Joint Statement: Public consultation on reconfiguration of paediatric cardiac surgery

16 February 2011

The Royal College of Surgeons and the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery both support plans announced today (Wed, 16 Feb 2011) to reorganise cardiac surgery for children into fewer specialised units. A statement from both organisations reads:

“England has the right number of heart surgeons treating rare heart conditions in children, but we know that they are thinly spread over too many units. A better service would be provided if this expertise were condensed in fewer units with the critical number of staff to support each other, disseminate new techniques and train the next generation of specialists. Today’s proposals provide the opportunity to do this and are strongly supported by the College and the Society, as we believe they will result in rapid and significant improvement in treatment for some of the most vulnerable patients treated by the NHS. The benefits of undertaking this change, however, needs to be balanced against longer journeys for some families – we surgeons believe it is worth it but it is important that the plan is subject to wide public consultation before a final decision is made.”