Heart tsar hears Suffolk's concerns

HEART tsar Professor Roger Boyle has begun to hear Suffolk's numerous concerns over heart attack care today.

Rebecca Lefort

HEART tsar Professor Roger Boyle has begun to hear Suffolk's numerous concerns over heart attack care today.

Prof Boyle and his expert team started their official review of the plans to treat emergency heart attack patients at specialist centres outside Suffolk at the Belstead Brook Hotel in Ipswich this morning.

They heard from clinicians, politicians and patient representatives who took part in an often heated debate over proposals.


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Prof Boyle and his team were told that people in Suffolk had been badly let down by the way the NHS pushed through the plans.

The concerns raised included the issue of journey times, inequalities, lack of consultation, impact on families and knock-on effect on Ipswich Hospital.

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Members of the audience also questioned why a specialist heart attack centre could not be set up in Ipswich too.

At lunchtime Prof Boyle left the hotel for a closed meeting with clinicians. Later today he will travel to Aldeburgh and Felixstowe and meet with paramedics.

- See tomorrow's paper for full coverage of the vital visit.

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