By David Newble
Saturday, July 7, 2012
HEALTH bosses on the Isle of Wight have welcomed the news that children’s heart surgery will continue at Southampton. As reported in this week’s County Press, the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) has spared the world-class unit from the axe following a three-year review into children’s heart services across the UK.Around 250,000 people signed a petition opposing the closure of the Southampton General Hospital’s Ocean Ward.The proposed closure would have meant patients from the Isle of Wight and their families would have to travel even longer than the maximum of three hours to a specialist unit, which the review had recommended.Acting chief executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Karen Baker, said: “This is brilliant news for Islanders. The needs of children have been at the heart of this review and I want to say a huge thank you to all those Islanders who took time to take part in the consultation and sign the petition, which helped to secure the services at Southampton.“It will ensure our patients not only have the benefit of this outstanding facility which is one of the best in the country, but can also be easily reached within very short travelling times.” Reporter: firstname.lastname@example.org
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