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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.

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NHS: "hope Leeds heart surgery to restart shortly"

The body running the NHS in England says it hopes that Leeds General infirmary will "shortly be in a position to restart children's heart surgery secure in the knowledge that everything is okay." It comes after operations were suspended after claims of high death rates.

Doctors at the hospital say the figures are wrong and claim Leeds has similar death rates to other children's heart centres. Talks between the unit's clinicians, NHS cardiology advisers and the hospital are to take place on Tuesday.

"Most of the big failures in NHS care have featured arguments about data. It is just days after the government's response to the Mid Staffs inquiry where people hesitated for exactly this reason and people suffered...It must be right to put the safety of children first. It was therefore a highly responsible step to suspend the service. We hope that Leeds will shortly be in a position to restart children's heart surgery secure in the knowledge that everything is okay."

– Spokesperson, NHS England.

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