The JCPTC is being asked to assume that the North of England needs two children's heart surgery units, but that Newcastle and Leeds can't exist in the same option. Given that assumption, either Newcastle or Leeds would close under the proposals.
Critics have said a simultaneous review into heart surgery services for children AND adults should be held and that a decision on children's heart units should be delayed to carry out such a joint review.
Professor Roger Boyle CBE (adviser to JCPCT) dismissed that, recommending a decision is made today: "We cannot afford to wait another two years to make these changes. I thoroughly recommend coming to a decision today. It is not the buildings that save lives, it's the people within them."
"This is not just about today, but about designing a structure that is sustainable for the future."- Sir Neil McKay CB, Chair, Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts.
Previous claims about how journey times affect the quality of services are, "spurious and not founded in fact." That's according to Professor Sir Roger Boyle CBE.
There are 12 options for the future structure of children's heart unit services across the UK. Keeping the unit in Leeds is included in five of those 12 proposals.