Appeal against heart ruling

The NHS England is appealing against a ruling in the High Court which quashed a decision which could have lead to the closure of the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

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Heart unit campaigner: appeal is a waste of money

Heart campaigner Sharon Cheng says the NHS appeal is a "waste of money".

The NHS said yesterday there are "good grounds" to appeal a decision made in the High Court regarding the future of children's heart surgery in Leeds.

Last month a judge ruled that the safe and sustainable review panel's decision to close the unit was based on flawed information

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Leeds MP says NHS appeal is "wasting taxpayers' money"

Greg Mulholland, the MP for Leeds North West has attacked the NHS's decision to try and appeal against a High Court ruling regarding the closure of the city's children's heart unit.

They are wasting yet more taxpayers money and instead, they should accept the justifiable criticism of the original decision and process and now seek to conduct a decision making process on the best future for children's heart surgery in England & Wales and do so impartially and in the best interests of patients.

– Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West
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LGI campaigners: NHS Appeal "serves no benefits to patients."

Campaigners fighting to save the Leeds children's heart surgery unit say an appeal by the NHS against a previous High Court Ruling is a "disgraceful waste of time and taxpayers' money."

Pursuing this appeal serves no benefit to patients. Instead it is about protecting reputations and trying to salvage what is a flawed and thoroughly discredited process.

– Sharon Cheng, Save Our Surgery campaign

Breaking: Heart unit appeal

The NHS England is appealing against a ruling in the High Court which quashed a decision which could have lead to the closure of the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Last month, a judge ruled that the decision to close the unit was based on flawed information.

Campaigners fighting for the futiure of child heart surgery in Leeds tonight say they don't want the NHS to waste any more time and money and want them to withdraw their appeal.

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Heart unit latest: NHS says "there are good grounds for appeal."

The NHS in England says there are good grounds to appeal a decision made in the High Court regarding the future of children's heart surgery in Leeds.

Last month a judge ruled that the safe and sustainable review panel's decision to close the unit was based on flawed information.

In announcing their intention to appeal the ruling, NHS England tonight said:

NHS England believes that we must deliver this change as quickly as possible on behalf of children and their families. To do this, we need to take account of all the available information, including the recent High Court ruling of 27 March and the report on the issues that is due to be published by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

We have been advised that there are good grounds for appeal and these points are set out in an application that has been submitted to the Court of Appeal.

– NHS England statement

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