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Hope for children's heart unit campaign

Hope for children's heart unit campaign is renewed after the Health Secretary orders a review of the decision to stop surgery at several units, including Leeds.

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Fight over heart surgery unit back in Westminster

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.

It is regrettable that a campaign group in Leeds has begun proceedings for a judicial review. We will mount a robust defence of our landmark decision. We will also work closely with the Independent Reconfiguration Panel over the coming months to assist the panel’s review in whatever way possible. Our concerns around delaying the implementation process have been noted by many and planning for implementation will continue with the professional associations.”

– Sir Neil McKay CB, Chair of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts,

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