Heart surgery unit latest

The decision to close the region's only children's heart surgery unit in Leeds has been suspended by the Health Secretary.

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NHS England intend new heart unit plans to be in place within 12 months

It is essential that all those involved can learn lessons from the Safe and Sustainable Review and work purposefully and quickly together to find a new way forward in the shortest possible timescale. If we are not able to make progress swiftly, children will be the losers.

As of April, NHS England is the new national commissioner of these services so it is our responsibility to lead the process on behalf of children and their families.

We want to build consensus on the way forward, working with all those affected.

So we will take the time to listen before coming up with a new proposition, working with patients, clinicians and the providers of services. We intend to announce a new way forward in the autumn, with plans for implementation within 12 months.

– Dr Jacqueline Cornish, National Clinical Director for Children and Young People for NHS England

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