Monday, 16 July 2012

Act NOW to save Glenfield Childrens Cardiac Unit

You will have by now heard that the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has given the go ahead to close the ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) and Children's Cardiac Surgery services at Glenfield Hospital.

The news has devastated many parents who rely on the service and who will now face trips of many hours to get to the nearest similar unit at Birmingham Childrens Hospital.

Expert doctors have very clearly said that transferring the service may result in the deaths of up to 50 children because it will take the relocated service up to 5 years to get up to speed.

We must act now to fight this appalling decision.

A petition has been created calling for the department to be saved. It already has more than 40,000 signatures.

If the petition receives 100,000 signatures it will force a debate on the issue in the House of Commons.

Please sign the petition here. Please ask everyone you know to sign it now.

Together we can make a difference.

Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-18783972, http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Dismay-swift-loss-Ecmo-unit-Glenfield-Hospital/story-16535635-detail/story.html

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