Health watchdog NHS England today praised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for suspending children's heart surgery - while checks are made to ensure the unit is operating safely.
"The Trust has taken a highly responsible precautionary step. Some questions have been raised by the Trust's own mortality data and by other information.
It is important to understand that while this information raises questions, it does not give us answers. But it is absolutley right not to take any risks while these matters are being looked into. The priority must be the safety of children. I hope that Leeds will shortly be in a position to restart children's heart surgery secure in the knowledge that everything is okay."
NHS England and the Care Quality Commission have confirmed that Children’s Heart Surgery Services at Leeds General Infirmary are safe.
Children's heart surgery is set to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after days of uncertainty over its future.
The Children's Heart Federation says the interests of management at the LGI have been "put ahead of critically ill children".