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NHS England consultation on congenital heart disease services

09 Feb 2017

NHS England has today launched a public consultation on how it will put in place new standards for hospitals providing congenital heart disease services in England. The consultation aims to gather as many views as possible from patients, families and clinical experts. It follows the publication in 2015 of a new set of quality standards for all hospitals providing congenital heart disease services. Now NHS England is seeking views and input on how the standards can be put into practice.

In a joint statement, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said:
 “We fully support these standards. NHS England must ensure that the standards are applied for the benefit of patients, by ensuring that expertise is concentrated where it is most appropriate. The proposals put forward by NHS England in July 2016 should improve patient outcomes and help address variations in care currently provided.”

Notes to editors

1.   The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

2.   For more information, please contact the Press Office:

3.  All of the documents relating to the consultation can be found

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