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Heart unit campaigner: appeal is a waste of money

Heart campaigner Sharon Cheng says the NHS appeal is a "waste of money".

The NHS said yesterday there are "good grounds" to appeal a decision made in the High Court regarding the future of children's heart surgery in Leeds.

Last month a judge ruled that the safe and sustainable review panel's decision to close the unit was based on flawed information

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LGI campaigners: NHS Appeal "serves no benefits to patients."

Campaigners fighting to save the Leeds children's heart surgery unit say an appeal by the NHS against a previous High Court Ruling is a "disgraceful waste of time and taxpayers' money."

Pursuing this appeal serves no benefit to patients. Instead it is about protecting reputations and trying to salvage what is a flawed and thoroughly discredited process.

– Sharon Cheng, Save Our Surgery campaign

Leeds MP says NHS appeal is "wasting taxpayers' money"

Greg Mulholland, the MP for Leeds North West has attacked the NHS's decision to try and appeal against a High Court ruling regarding the closure of the city's children's heart unit.

They are wasting yet more taxpayers money and instead, they should accept the justifiable criticism of the original decision and process and now seek to conduct a decision making process on the best future for children's heart surgery in England & Wales and do so impartially and in the best interests of patients.

– Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West

Heart unit latest: NHS says "there are good grounds for appeal."

The NHS in England says there are good grounds to appeal a decision made in the High Court regarding the future of children's heart surgery in Leeds.

Last month a judge ruled that the safe and sustainable review panel's decision to close the unit was based on flawed information.

In announcing their intention to appeal the ruling, NHS England tonight said:

NHS England believes that we must deliver this change as quickly as possible on behalf of children and their families. To do this, we need to take account of all the available information, including the recent High Court ruling of 27 March and the report on the issues that is due to be published by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

We have been advised that there are good grounds for appeal and these points are set out in an application that has been submitted to the Court of Appeal.

– NHS England statement

Heart surgery campaigners say decision was "biased"

Campaigners are unhappy with 'biased" decision against them Credit: Calendar news

Campaigners who want Leeds Children's heart surgery to continue in the city and for services not to be transferred to Newcastle believe the decison against them was 'biased".

They have obtained NHS spending figures which they claim shows millions of pounds were being invested in the North East in the years before by the very group trusted to carry out the national review.

The decision was made earlier this year to end children's heart surgery in Leeds and develop existing services in Newcastle - but was that influenced by a pattern of spending on specialised services in the years before that campaigners say was at expense of other regions?

It is claimed Yorkshire and Humber received just £3.49 per person - compared with the North East which reeived £13.36 per head. The figures on total spending were obtained by Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves.

Tomorrow a meeting of 15 local authorities is expected to formally ask for the decision to be referred to the Health Secretary. The acting director of the National Specialised Commisisoning team today said;

"The regional cost-per head analysis put forward is fundamentally flawed as it does not reflect that hospitals provide specialist services for patients from across the United Kingdom with very rare and complex conditions. "

Next week Campaigners are hoping to take their fight to the High Court **as they embark on a legal challenge to stop services being lost in Leeds.

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BREAKING: New review into Children's Heart Surgery Unit decision

The Health Secretary has ordered a review into a controversial decision to close three children's heart surgery units, including one in Leeds.

Jeremy Hunt has asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to carry out a review into the decision to close the units at Leeds General Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Royal Brompton in Chelsea in west London.

The panel will decide by February whether it believes the recommendations to close the units will streamline paediatric heart services. The panel will decide by February whether it believes the recommendations to close the units will streamline paediatric heart services.

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