Leeds Council 'shocked and sceptical' about heart surgery suspension

I am shocked at the timing of today’s events following the High Court decision yesterday and the major transformational changes taking place in the NHS from Monday. Many people will be deeply sceptical about these developments and the question has to be asked why the National Commissioning Board and the Care Quality Commission have raised these issues at this time.

The safety and wellbeing of the children and families is our main concern. We fully support the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s decision and hope that the findings of the review will result in services being reinstated with minimum disruption and provide reassurance to patients and families across the region.

– Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council

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Leeds adult heart surgery threat

Adult heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary is under threat as it's emerged that if the children's unit closed, adult services would go the same way.