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.
I am pleased that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt has now decided to order a review into the decision to close the Leeds children’s heart unit.
It has been of great concern that the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts have continued to try and force through these proposals and have them implemented, despite the very serious concerns that still exists and the need for full scrutiny into how these decisions were made.
The failure of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts to listen to the very serious concerns of people from across the region has been deeply worrying and the Secretary of State has done the right thing in launching a review into what is viewed by many, as a deeply flawed decision.
It has become clearer and clearer since the decision was made to close the Leeds unit that these recommendations are deeply flawed and must be rejected. They impact on so many staff, patients and families, and these deserve full and proper overview and scrutiny of any proposals. I hope this review will see the illogical recommendations thrown out, and questions asked as to how they could possibly have come to them, considering the evidence.”