SAVE Our Surgery, the Selby Times backed group formed to fight for the retention of children’s heart surgery services in Yorkshire, has said it is extremely concerned following the Care Quality Commission’s report into Bristol Children’s Hospital’s paediatric cardiac unit.
The report found that the Bristol unit failed to meet safety standards for staffing levels, training and support and patient welfare. It has been given a formal warning and is required to reduce the number of children’s cardiac operations that it carries out.
SOS said that the findings urgently call into further question the entire basis of the review of children’s heart surgery provision across England and Wales, which named Bristol as one of the units which would remain open.
“However, the CQC report strengthens the case that the review did not provide an accurate picture of service provision, clinical excellence, staffing and support levels, and patient care in each of the units considered.”
SOS’s Sharon Cheng said: “Only four months after the decision was announced, fundamental questions are raised about Bristol – this is obviously a serious concern.
“This is about the lives of children – it is not an area where we can afford errors.”
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