Ruling on heart surgery decision

A decision is expected in the High Court later on the legality of proposed changes to children's heart surgery services.

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Ruling on decision that saved Southampton unit

Campaigners in Leeds have won a High Court challenge over proposed changes to children's heart surgery services in England.

Save Our Surgery (SOS), which is trying to stop the closure of the heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary, argued the consultation process leading up to the changes was "unfair and procedurally flawed".

The original decision meant surgery would continue at Southampton Hospital's heart unit.

Today Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, sitting at London's High Court, ruled that the challenge to that decision must succeed - but what the ruling means for the future will be decided at a later date.

This judgment is in itself a victory for the people who fought to keep children's heart surgery services in Yorkshire, and to challenge what they knew to be a flawed and unjust process."

– SOS statement

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