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VASCULAR surgery in Portsmouth will be subject to new scrutiny to make sure it meets national standards.

The primary care trust cluster Ship, which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire, has created the Vascular Services Monitoring Framework to make sure both Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, and Southampton General Hospital, maintain high standards.

It comes after Ship dropped plans which could have seen specialist vein surgeons move out of Portsmouth to Southampton.

The possible move prompted The News to launch the Keep it at QA campaign, in which thousands of people backed the cause to keep vascular surgeons in Portsmouth.

Ship believes the best way to deliver vascular services in the area is to split the service between QA and Southampton – an idea the two trusts behind the hospitals are yet to agree on.

The service will come under review in about 18 months.