NHS threat to pioneering £75,000 heart transplant method which has saved more ...

NHS threat to pioneering £75,000 heart transplant method which has saved more than 60 lives 'Heart-in-a-box' operation costs more than the £50,000 for standard transplant Papworth Hospital in Cambridge took £1.5m from charity fund for treatments Donor heart is placed into sterile container and restarted with electric shock 

By Martyn Halle For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:14 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 23:14 BST, 1 September 2018

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A pioneering heart transplant method which has saved dozens of lives is under threat because the NHS won’t foot the bill.

Surgeons say the procedure, which keeps donor hearts beating until they can be transplanted, will reduce patient waiting lists.

However, each ‘heart-in-a-box’ operation costs £75,000 rather than the £50,000 for a standard transplant because of the cost of maintaining each box and the expensive single-use parts involved.

NHS England’s decision not to

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