Alex Slingsby writes for the University of York’s Nouse on the proposed closure of three of Britain’s children’s heart surgery centres:
NHS officials have decided to pull the plug on three of Britain’s children’s heart surgery centres of Leeds General Infirmary, Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital, and London’s Royal Brompton in an attempt to improve the quality of paediatric heart operations through extra practice in the remaining centres.
It has been suggested that the plans, to be implemented from January 2014, will ensure patients receive the best quality care from the most experienced child heart surgeons the country has to offer (even if said heart patients have to travel the length of the country just to find one).
The proposals are based on a deep set belief across the board of NHS officials that ‘fewer plus bigger equals better’; the more paediatric heart operations that surgeons carry out, the better they will become, thus strengthening expertise that anyone would hope they had already acquired during years of education.
Full article here.