Mike presses PM for assurances over heart unit

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has grilled the Prime Minister David Cameron over the future of Southampton General Hospital's children's heart unit.

This follows the recent decision by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to suspend the Safe and Sustainable review process, leaving question marks over the unit's future.

At Prime Minister Questions in the House of Commons the Eastleigh MP asked the Prime Minister for reassurance for patients, their parents and staff at Southampton General Hospital, who have once again been left anxiously waiting for a decision over the heart unit's future.

Mike Thornton said: "The children's heart unit at Southampton General Hospital is rated the best in the country outside London, yet the decision to suspend the Safe and Sustainable review process means more uncertainty for patients, their families and the unit's dedicated staff."

"What assurances can the prime minister give over the future of the unit and the time-scale of the review process?"

Mr Cameron responded: "I don’t think the Secretary of State really had any choice but to rebegin this whole process of looking at Safe and Sustainable in children’s hospitals, including Southampton, which is twinned with the hospital that serves my constituency.

"So I quite understand the frustrations about the time this is taking but most important of all is to make sure we get the decision right."

Commenting on the current situation Mike said, "We must keep campaigning. Common sense needs to win out, and this world-class unit needs to stay put. The extraordinary 'Have a Heart' campaign was a terrific effort by the whole region. We now have to maintain this spirit and keep working together to save our children's heart unit."

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