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Children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary resumed today, less than two weeks after all operations were abruptly suspended.
Concern had been raised over figures showing a high death rate at the unit but that data was discredited.
Now children are being operated on once again, as Damon Green reports.
The CEO of the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has spoken out to reassure families about the children's heart surgery unit's reputation.
Deputy Medical Director for NHS England, Dr Mike Bewick, has told a health scrutiny committee, "to not do things is very easy. We are always criticised for not taking action and we thought there were potential dangers. NHS England should be applauded for making a swift decision."
He added that a rapid review of the unit over the weekend found it to be safe. He said cardiologists and staff are dedicated and are doing what they believe in.
The Save Our Surgery campaign group has released a statement welcoming the resumption of children's heart surgery in Leeds.
Almost two weeks after surgery was suspended at the region's only children's heart unit over concerns about death rates, services will resume today. The region's health scrutiny committee is also meeting this morning and has invited key players in that decision-making process.
NHS England said there will be a phased restart to surgery at Leeds General Infirmary
Dr Mike Bewick, the deputy medical director of NHS England, has attended a meeting with the Yorkshire and the Humber health scrutiny committee to discuss the events surrounding the suspension of surgery at the Leeds children's heart surgery unit.
The campaign group Save our Surgery, which wants to keep children's heart surgery going at Leeds General Infirmary, is demanding an investigation into the suspension of operations at the unit.
Surgeons at Leeds General Infirmary are preparing to restart children's heart operations after they were suspended over safety fears a fortnight ago. NHS bosses agreed yesterday that there is no reason why operations should not be carried out at the unit.
Child heart surgery is to restart at Leeds General Infirmary tomorrow after services were stopped last month following concern over death rates.
Patients have been receiving treatment at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle since services at the Leeds hospital were suspended.