The fight over the future of children's heart surgery in our region has been back in Westminster today where MPs called on the Government to keep services in Leeds. Surgery at the region's only specialist unit is due to end under plans to create fewer, more speciaist centres.
That decision is being reviewed. But the body that made it, says it will mount "a robust defence" of its decision.
The future of the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery unit will be debated in Parliament later.
The issue is being raised by Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew. The decision was taken earlier this year to end surgery in Leeds, forcing patients in the region to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for treatment.
Last week, due to a request from councillors in Lincolnshire concerned about the closure of the Leicester unit, the Health Secretary ordered a review into the decision. The move has been welcomed by campaigners.
Campaigners fighting to keep children's heart surgery in Leeds say they're pleased the Health Secretary has ordered a review into the controversial decision to end it.
Jeremy Hunt has asked an independent panel to look into the decision - which would mean parents travelling to Liverpool and Newcastle for treatment, instead of Leeds Gerneral Infirmary.
More than 600 thousand people have signed a petition, under the banner Save Our Surgery. The review panel is expected to report back by next February. We have spoken to Sharon Cheng from Save our Surgery.
Save Our Surgery says it welcomes the decision by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to halt the planned closure of children’s heart surgery units, including the Leeds unit, pending review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP).
However, it is also calling for the Health Secretary to ensure that the independent review looks into the original process and scoring system used with sufficient scrutiny rather than simply repeating the original assessment process, which raised significant concerns.
The IRP review, announced by the Health Secretary in Parliament yesterday, has been sparked by outcry around the decision from MPs, local government and members of the public across the country, and comes following formal complaints from local authorities in Leicester and Lincolnshire.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the heart unit reconfiguration review will be "totally impartial" in response to a question from Andy Slaughter MP.
Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland has welcomed the decision by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to launch a review into the decision to close three children’s heart surgery units, including that in Leeds.
The Independent Reconfiguration Panel has been asked to look at how the decision was made.
Sharon Cheng, director the Children's Heart Surgery Fund, has given her reaction to the announcement that there will be a review into plans to stop paediatric cardiology services in Leeds and Leicester.
There are just two months to go until the decision is made on the future of the Leeds Children's Heart Unit.
An independent group which provides advice to the Secretary of State on contested proposals for health change in England, says vital research on where people would travel to if the facilities in Leeds were forced to close should be considered as part of the final decision.
As a result, the Joint Chairs of Primary Care Trusts, the panel which will make the final decision, will consider it as part of their decision making process.For more information on the fight to save heart surgery services in Yorkshire and to find out how you can help visit this website.