Source: Kings Fund
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Date of publication: February – June 2017
Publication type: Consultation document
In a nutshell: Views are being sought on new proposals for hospital standards for congenital heart disease services. The standards set out the need for surgeons to do a minimum of 125 cases per year, the equivalent of three per week. They also require that there should be a minimum of three surgeons in the team to cover the workload 24 hours a day, rising to four surgeons per team by April 2021. To make sure critically ill children receive the full range of support, the standards also specify that specialist children’s cardiac services must also only be delivered where there are also a wider range of other paediatric specialities present on the same hospital site. The consultation closes on 5 June 2017.
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Acknowledgement: Kings Fund