Heart surgery to resume in Leeds

Heart surgery is to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after a lengthy meeting to review the decision to suspend it.

Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, said he had been contacted by two whistleblowers last Tuesday, who said they had data showing mortality rates for the children's heart unit carrying out children's heart surgery was higher than expected.

He also said there were suspicions that LGI were not referring complex cases onto other centres.

But now, after a meeting between NHS authorities, surgery will resume next week.

Following a productive multi-agency meeting to review the decision to

suspend children’s cardiac surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, agreementwas reached to work together to restart surgery on the site early next weeksubject to independent assurance of concerns raised.

The meeting involved NHS England, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,the NHS Trust Development Authority, and the Care Quality Commission.

Over the course of the weekend all agencies will work together toprovide sufficient assurance to all interested parties that this service is safe and can therefore re-open next week.

– Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

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