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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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Save Our Surgery expresses relief that heart unit is to reopen

The Save Our Surgery campaign group has released a statement welcoming the resumption of children's heart surgery in Leeds.

Save our Surgery is relieved that the children’s heart unit is to reopen, ending a very difficult period for all connected to the children's heart surgery service at Leeds General Infirmary. We hope patients and their families will feel reassured that the unit has been proven to be performing at the highest standard. Our main focus since the suspension of the service has been on ensuring surgery resumes as quickly as possible, however we do have numerous concerns about the chain of events that led to this decision.

We seek urgent reassurance from the Secretary of State for Health that actions taken were in no way related to our High Court judgement the previous day, and we call for an investigation into how unverified mortality data and "rumblings" from parties with an interest in the outcome of the judicial review could have led to the unit being shut so dramatically. We will release a further statement in due course detailing the questions we feel need answering.

– Save Our Surgery

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