Statement from the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trust:
We listened carefully to the views of the public and of the experts in the field before making our decision, and we concluded that the strongest option for the future configuration of children's heart surgical services did not include Leeds General Infirmary. I do not deny the right of citizens to challenge decision-makers when it is right to do so, and I know Leeds and the county of Yorkshire well - I was once Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. **
I have no doubt that the Leeds General Infirmary will continue to provide high quality specialist care for children with congenital heart disease - it is only the surgical and interventional aspect of treatment that will cease. Royal colleges of medicine have welcomed our decision as one that will save more children's lives in the future, and we stand ready to defend our process with confidence**
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