Children's heart surgery is set to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after days of uncertainty over its future.
A health expert from the North East says an argument about the future of children's heart services in our region has wasted time and money.
The Children's Heart Federation says the interests of management at the LGI have been "put ahead of critically ill children".
A mother from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has said she is "absolutely thrilled" that the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary is set to reopen.
Jo Lancaster, whose six year old son Toby has undergone two operations on his heart at the unit, said she has never had any doubts about its safety.
– Jo Lancaster
It's such a relief that it's reopened. We were never in any doubt that Leeds was safe. I just hope it has not tarnished the reputation of the unit.
The whole team are absolutely fantastic. They all deserve a medal.
I would have that surgery in Leeds tomorrow. I would have had it there last weekend if he had needed it then
I wouldn't feel safe taking him anywhere else.
Anne Keatley-Clarke, chief executive of the Children's Heart Federation, has said that families affected by the suspension of the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary are "very worried".
– Anne Keatley-Clarke, chief executive of the Children's Heart Federation
A lot of families have not yet been contacted and there are a lot families that are very worried there about what is going to happen with their children.
We are certainly receiving calls from parents, where they are extremely worried, and indeed at the moment extremely frightened by speaking out.
They are frightened of what might happen, there have certainly been all sorts of threats and we have been advising some of those parents to share the threats with the police, that's up to them if they want to take that forward.
Several MPs based in the Leeds area have welcomed the news that the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary is set to reopen.
Great news that Leeds children's heart surgery is to reopen but someone has to answer for the way families have been treated. #reopenleeds
Leeds children's heart surgery unit will reopen next week subject to swift independent audit. Very good news -above all for the parents.
There are many unanswered questions, questions that so far NHS England have not answered. We must now have a proper investigation.
Roger Boyle, director of the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR), has told Radio 4's Today programme that the decision to restart the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary needs to be investigated.
– Roger Boyle, NICOR
I find it extraordinary that the medical director of the NHS still hasn't made a proper statement, still hasn't explained his actions and the actions of NHS England and that suggests to me that they are still scrabbling around trying to justify it.
We now need an investigation so we can get to the bottom of this decision, why it was taken, and we then need to understand that.
Heart surgery is to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after a lengthy meeting to review the decision to suspend it.
Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, said he had been contacted by two whistleblowers last Tuesday, who said they had data showing mortality rates for the children's heart unit carrying out children's heart surgery was higher than expected.
He also said there were suspicions that LGI were not referring complex cases onto other centres.
But now, after a meeting between NHS authorities, surgery will resume next week.
– Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Following a productive multi-agency meeting to review the decision to
suspend children’s cardiac surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, agreementwas reached to work together to restart surgery on the site early next weeksubject to independent assurance of concerns raised.
The meeting involved NHS England, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,the NHS Trust Development Authority, and the Care Quality Commission.
Over the course of the weekend all agencies will work together toprovide sufficient assurance to all interested parties that this service is safe and can therefore re-open next week.
Parents have reacted positively to the news that the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary is set to restart.
Jon Arnold, whose daughter Zoe underwent heart surgery at the unit in 2007, said:
– Jon Arnold
There's been massive support from the parents and families for the unit, and this decision confirms what we thought about the quality of care all along.
It was difficult to understand as a parent how they could have shut the ward so swiftly on the basis of unverified data. It left parents feeling very confused about what to believe and what was best for their child.
Once the unit is reopened then a lot of the families will have a lot of questions that need to be answered about the manner in which it closed.
Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth & Aireborough, has tweeted his thanks to all who support the reopening of the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds, has also welcomed the news.
The dignity of the parents, families and staff during this last difficult week has been an inspiration. Well done to you all #reopenleeds
A children's heart unit is set to restart at Leeds General Infirmary after being suspended over patient care concerns.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust will work with other agencies, including NHS England, the NHS Trust Development Authority and the Care Quality Commission to provide "sufficient assurance" that the unit is ready to reopen.
In a statement, Maggie Boyle, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “I am extremely confident that this service is safe and effective and should recommence at the earliest opportunity. I want partner organisations to be as confident in the service as I am."
The children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary has remained suspended for the past week.
Hospital bosses are meeting on Thursday to discuss the future of children's heart surgery in the region.
Services at Leeds were suspended last week, with some cases moved to Newcastle's Freeman hospital.