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Children could die if Glenfield Hospital heart unit is axed, say managers

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Children could die if Glenfield Hospital heart unit is axed, say managers

Post by Guest on 30.08.12 21:46

Seems like one cardiologist has already resigned.......


Children could die if Glenfield Hospital heart unit is axed, say managers

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One cardiologist has already resigned due to the proposals because they feared future opportunities would be limited in Leicester

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Children-die-Glenfield-Hospital-heart-unit-axed/story-16788327-detail/story.html

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Post by PeterMac on 30.08.12 23:42

It is very tempting to reply . . . but I shall resist.

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Re: Children could die if Glenfield Hospital heart unit is axed, say managers

Post by Guest on 31.08.12 14:05

@PeterMac wrote:It is very tempting to reply . . . but I shall resist.


No, we won't! Come on, where's your old flame?

1. Strange how a Government that would spend -some would say: squander- millions of public funds on a wild goose chase regarding one single child (bless her!), would close down a cardiac facility when this would cause the deaths of some 50 other children. That's not a figure I come up with, but it's in the article debating the decision on the facility!
2. Now, if you were a cardiologist employed at that facility, what would you do:
1. use your world wide fame to prevent the closure of this facility;
2. use the closure as an excuse for removing yourself from the country before the s..t hits the fan?

Perish the thought

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Post by Spaniel on 31.08.12 15:29

It's surgery that maybe axed at Glenfield, not diagnosis, so diagnosis at Glenfield, referral to Birmingham for surgery.

For the second year running there is uncertainty at Glenfield.

They survived last year due to people pressure, only now to be facing it again. That must be dreadful for the parents who face the long journey, apart from the staff at Glenfield who have no idea of what their many years of training is now worth.

I'm finding this thread a little flippant, debasing the Glenfield news down to McCann, who is just one staff member among many.

I care about the children who may suffer, but also the parents of those children who may be a hundred miles away while their child is in surgery, and the highly skilled staff, who now don't know whether they have a future or not at Glenfield.

Leicester not only has one of the top heart hospitals, but a fine medical school to feed it.



There are some subjects that have nothing whatsoever to do with McCann, and this is one of them.

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Post by Guest on 31.08.12 16:13

Unfortuntely, children and parents do have to travel Spaniel. There are only a few hospitals in the UK that specialise in this surgery and very few surgeons. This article sums it up........

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16 February 2011 Last updated at 14:55

Hospitals to be told to 'stop child heart surgery'

The NHS review looked at all 11 units in England amid concern expertise was being spread too thinly

In total, there are just 31 child heart surgeons across England. Between them, they carry out 3,600 operations each year on children in England and Wales, born with a range of heart defects.

Most children survive to adulthood, but there is widespread agreement among professional bodies that to provide a uniformly high quality of safe service, operations must be concentrated in fewer, larger centres.






Children from Northern Ireland have to travel to Dublin for surgery.

Children in Wales travel to England for surgery.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12484735

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Post by Guest on 31.08.12 16:52

@Spaniel wrote:It's surgery that maybe axed at Glenfield, not diagnosis, so diagnosis at Glenfield, referral to Birmingham for surgery.

For the second year running there is uncertainty at Glenfield.

They survived last year due to people pressure, only now to be facing it again. That must be dreadful for the parents who face the long journey, apart from the staff at Glenfield who have no idea of what their many years of training is now worth.

I'm finding this thread a little flippant, debasing the Glenfield news down to McCann, who is just one staff member among many.

I care about the children who may suffer, but also the parents of those children who may be a hundred miles away while their child is in surgery, and the highly skilled staff, who now don't know whether they have a future or not at Glenfield.

Leicester not only has one of the top heart hospitals, but a fine medical school to feed it.




There are some subjects that have nothing whatsoever to do with McCann, and this is one of them.

All the more reason for doctor Gerald McCann to use his indisputed celebrity to keep the facility open! I wasn't being flippant, far from it: I figured it would be something positive to do at last, instead of shredding other peoples lives, like TB & GA's and their families. Doing something positive for a change, instead of running around on all these self serving jogging execrcises might -sort of- bring some sort of redemption. Akin to becoming some missing bodies ambassador, but much, much more so.

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Post by maebee on 31.08.12 23:37

All the more reason for doctor Gerald McCann to use his indisputed celebrity to keep the facility open! I wasn't being flippant, far from it: I figured it would be something positive to do at last, instead of shredding other peoples lives, like TB & GA's and their families. Doing something positive for a change, instead of running around on all these self serving jogging execrcises might -sort of- bring some sort of redemption. Akin to becoming some missing bodies ambassador, but much, much more so.



I agree with you Portia. This would be an ideal opportunity for GM to show that there's more to him than asking people to send money to him to help him find the daughter he and his wife lost/abandoned. It would be a chance for him to show the public that he, as a doctor in this hospital, is interested in the well-being of its patients. It won't happen though. As we've seen since May 2007, the only thing that interests the McCanns is making money for themselves, on the back of their missing daughter Sad

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Post by Spaniel on 01.09.12 17:59

candyfloss wrote:Unfortuntely, children and parents do have to travel Spaniel. There are only a few hospitals in the UK that specialise in this surgery and very few surgeons. This article sums it up........

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16 February 2011 Last updated at 14:55

Hospitals to be told to 'stop child heart surgery'

The NHS review looked at all 11 units in England amid concern expertise was being spread too thinly

In total, there are just 31 child heart surgeons across England. Between them, they carry out 3,600 operations each year on children in England and Wales, born with a range of heart defects.

Most children survive to adulthood, but there is widespread agreement among professional bodies that to provide a uniformly high quality of safe service, operations must be concentrated in fewer, larger centres.






Children from Northern Ireland have to travel to Dublin for surgery.

Children in Wales travel to England for surgery.


[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12484735
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12484735[/quote[/url]] ................ and it's got worse since the trauma centres opened.

There were always specialist hospitals, and it made sense to travel further in an emergency. No point taking me to the nearest hospital with severe burns when 15 miles further away is a burns unit, minutes more with the blue light.

Now with the trauma centres, if I break my ankle I will be taken to A&E theatre where normally they would be dealing with real life or death.

Surgeons didn't go into A&E theatre to treat simple cases and they are rightfully fed up. You know what will happen? They'll go abroad for a better life where their talents will be used accordingly.

The last time this happened was the high rate of tax, now it'll be a different reason to lose our talented doctors.

maebee, I wasn't referring to you re flippancy, it's the thread, as there is more to the NHS than G.McCann, and for anyone waiting to hear from him speak for Glenfield? Don't hold your breath!

Firstly he won't be affected it seems, but why would he change the habit of a lifetime? Me, me. me!





It's not all bad candyfloss. I remember well only being allowed to wave to my mum as a child through the hospital window. "Children not allowed." I had to wait outside and I can remember every bit of the ditch like terrain whilst waiting for my dad to take me home. I would have been about three.

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