Second review over future of region's children's heart surgery

There will be another review over the future of children's heart surgery in the region.

It was announced in July that Newcastle's Freeman hospital would become a major surgical centre - and that Leeds would no longer be.

The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), the independent expert on NHS service change, has started a full review to see if see if the changes are necessary.

"The Panel's key focus throughout the review will be children with congenital heart disease and the quality of care they need to receive.

"During the course of the review we will gather evidence from a range of people and listen to all interested parties to ensure that the recommendations we make are in the best interests of the children and their families across England that need to access these services."

– Lord Ribeiro, Chairman of the IRP