Leeds heart unit talks continue

NHS England has insisted the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary remains suspended pending a review, despite claims from two local MPs about a meeting on the issue. A ban on surgery was imposed over concerns about the numbers of deaths.

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MP: NHS England has made 'about turn' on heart unit

MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland has tweeted:

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Breaking news is that NHS England have done yet another about turn over the #Leeds children's heart unit. Really unbelievable! #competent?

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The whole handling of this by NHS England has been breathtakingingly inept. They know that there is no good reason not to restart surgery.

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Do you want to know what this is about? This is about NHS England desperately trying to find a way to get #SirBruceKeogh off the hook.

'No change to situation' at Leeds children's heart unit

Roger Davidson, head of media relations at NHS England, has denied claims by two MPs that the children's heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary will reopen.

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There is no change to situation re children's heart surgery in Leeds. There is still a pause in place and the review continues #nhsengland

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'No confirmation' on lifting of heart surgery suspension

Sky News correspondent Gerard Tubb tweeted:

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Leeds NHS Trust unable to confirm claimed lifting of children's heart surgery suspension: "The meeting's still going on"

The Conservative MP for Pudsey, Stuart Andrew, who earlier tweeted that surgery at the unit "will be resumed", has added:

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Still waiting for the official statement on surgery at Leeds

MP: Children's heart surgery unit 'will be resumed'

The Conservative MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough Stuart Andrew has tweeted that the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds "will be resumed."

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We are hearing that surgery will be resumed at Leeds. This is fantastic news. Credit to the staff and families... http://t.co/N2S5I163Jn

The unit was shut after figures suggested that the death rates were twice as high as would be expected.

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