It has been reported that an investigation over the Hampshire’s children’s heart unit has yet again been initiated. In the investigation, it would be gauged whether or not the unit should be allowed to stay open.
At present, there are 11 centers nationwide. The Health Department wants to reduce the number of the centers to six or seven. The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) would be investigating whether or not the unit needs to be closed down. The JCPT would be consulting the health professionals, patients and staff for the same.
It has been informed that a final decision would be taken on the 4th of July. It is expected that the children’s heart surgery would be shut down at the Royal Brompton located in London. The staff of the Royal Brompton is in the favor of keeping the unit.
The decision of reinvestigating the unit has caused a stir among the staff of the Royal Brompton. While supporting the unit, the Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust argued that the children's heart surgery is an integral part of the working of the health sector and therefore it should not be shut down.
In a statement, the JCPT noted, “…we remain convinced that there is a vital role for specialist cardiac and respiratory care for children and older patients to be fully integrated in a specialist trust such as ours, which works with the significant research power of our partner Imperial College”.
Earlier, an investigation over the unit confirmed that the unit should be shut down. However, the JCPT was in the opposition of the decision. The JCPT appealed to the court and got the permission of reinvestigating the working of the unit. The medical professionals, families and patients are hopeful that the unit would not be shut down.