Kevin Barron MP – on Children’s Heart Surgery

Children’s Heart Surgery
Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister

Kevin Barron (Rother Valley, Labour)

I welcome the statement that the right hon. Gentleman has made today. Notwithstanding the fact that we would all want the best possible outcomes from this surgery, wherever it takes place, site selection or geography is a concern for us, for the health service and for patients and their families, so can we make sure it is taken into account? If skills are seen to be weak in certain geographical areas of the UK, we should improve those skills, not think about moving people elsewhere.

Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey, Conservative)

The right hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Site selection needs to be done by people who are completely independent of any local interest in where the surgery should happen. That is the crucial point we need to learn, but the point about skills is also important.

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