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Heart Unit: 'we take any safety concerns seriously'

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt declined to give his decision on the future of the Children's Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary today, saying instead that he would 'duck any necessary debates'.

Operations at Leeds General Infirmary could end, under NHS plans to create fewer, safer centres across the country - meaning patients would need to travel elsewhere for treatment.

Last year the health secretary Jeremy Hunt commissioned an independent review into the consultation process. He's currently considering its findings.