NHS head facing calls to resign over ‘disturbing’ closure of children’s heart unit

The Daily Telegraph 31st March 2013

NHS head facing calls to resign over ‘disturbing’ closure of children’s heart unit

Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, is facing calls to resign following the suspension of children’s congenital heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, a day after the High Court quashed plans to close the unit.

Denial of the accuracy and appropriateness of the figures followed (Elspeth Brown on BBC News 30th March 2013)

The Independant comments: Row grows over decision to shut Leeds Infirmary’s heart unit

Children’s cardiac centre deaths only ‘a little high’, says expert, as faulty data blamed for closure

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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