The Save our Surgery campaign group said it was relieved the unit was to reopen but had a number of concerns about the decision to close the unit after the High Court judgment.
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 judgment 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.
Children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary will begin again on Wednesday, April 10.
We stated on Friday that we wished to restart surgery once our partners were as confident in our staff and services as we are.
I am delighted to say we are now reopening the unit having had the quality of our service independently verified by the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and the NHS TrustDevelopment Authority following a rapid review process which took place overthe weekend.