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Children’s Heart Unit Consultation Response from Alan Whitehead MP & John Denham MP

Dr Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, said:

“This report is not the end of the road.  But it is very telling that the option that included Southampton received the broadest base of support, not just from local people but from medical and patient organisations across the country.  It would be perverse for Ministers to discount this breadth of support for Southampton when the final decision is taken later this year.”

John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, said:

“This report shows that Southampton has the most widespread support across the country, especially here in the South who will suffer enormously if the children’s heart unit in Southampton is closed.  The reason for this high support is because Southampton is rated as the second best paediatric heart unit in the country, with excellent levels of patient care and support.  Every parent and guardian wants the highest possible quality for their children’s healthcare, and that’s what they get in Southampton”.


The following MPs have also actively supported the Save Our Heart Unit campaign:

Nicola Blackwood,  OxfordWest & Abingdon

Steve Brine, Winchester

Annette Brooke, Mid Dorset & North Poole

John Glen,  Salisbury & South Wiltshire

Damian Hinds, East Hampshire

George Hollingbery, Meon Valley

Dr Julian Lewis, New Forest East

Caroline Nokes, Romsey & Southampton North

Andrew Smith, Oxford East

Robert Syms, Poole

Andrew Turner, Isle of Wight


Message from Keith Taylor, MEP

“As MEP for Southampton, member of the European Parliament Heart Group and a former heart operation patient, I fully support the campaign to save Southampton’s vital Children’s Heart Unit from closure.
I am concerned that families of sick children across the south coast will have to travel further for treatment. As a centre of excellence, rated the second children’s heart service in this country, the closure of this ward would not only be a loss to those in the region, but to the childrens’ heart service in the UK as a whole.
I look forward to my visit to Southampton Hospital to meet the wonderful staff and patients and to show my support for the ‘Save our heart unit’ campaign.”