A decision on which hospitals will provide three cutting edge interventional cardiology treatments will not be made until September, 18 months after the NHS stopped funding them.

In March, hospitals interested in providing the procedures were invited to submit bids to deliver them as part of NHS England’s commissioning through evaluation programme. This requires patients undergoing the procedure to take part in a clinical trial. Between eight and 12 centres are due to be selected for each procedure.

A letter to applicants from David Black, medical director for NHS England’s South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw area team, seen by HSJ, said a decision will not be made until September.

In the letter, sent last week, Dr Black apologised for the delay and said a “significant number of expressions of interest” has been received for each of the procedures.

The letter said the decision would be taken by the NHS England board, whose decision would be final, with advice from an advisory committee and three specially convened panels.

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