Andrew Percy

Andrew Percy

Former Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Andrew Percy MP hits out at children’s heart surgery plans

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Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy is backing a campaign that aims to retain life-saving children's heart surgery services in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The MP visited the unit last week where he met with doctors and nurses to discuss the plans. Andrew also met parents at the unit including the Pearce-Storm family from Heminbrough near Selby whose son Vaughn is presently being treated in the unit.


The proposal to possibly move the unit follows the NHS’s ‘Safe and Sustainable’ review of the 11 children’s heart surgery units in England which has recommended a reduction in the number of units to create fewer, larger centres. It has put forward four options for a four-month public consultation period, with the LGI unit featuring in only one option. The proposals are not related to spending cuts.

 

Andrew said: “I visited the Children’s Heart Unit in Leeds last Friday which was a very moving visit. I chatted to many parents who each had their own emotional story about the unit and the care their children have received.

This unit serves the whole of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire and I am concerned that if this unit closes, local families will be forced to take their children to centres as far away as Newcastle, Liverpool or even London for life-saving surgery, and in emergency situations that could put children’s lives at risk.


“Those behind the proposals argue that the changes would improve care by creating specialist centres. I do agree we need to ensure such specialist health services are in the best locations, for patients and healthcare professionals alike, but I firmly believe the Yorkshire Heart Centre should be one of those locations.


“The unit serves more than 5.5 million people across the region, which is one of the highest catchment areas of any children’s heart surgery unit. All its services are on one site and it has an excellent record for safe, high quality surgery.

I would urge local residents to get behind this campaign and so please get in touch if you would like to know more.”

 

Andrew Percy is supporting the campaign led by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the charity that supports the unit on behalf of families.


He has also signed an Early Day Motion in Parliament, calling on the Government to keep the unit open and invest in its future.

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