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High Court heart unit battle

A new legal challenge has begun over proposals to change the provision of children's heart surgery across England - including at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

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Lawyers reject claims that decision process was "unfair"

Lawyers for the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts have rejected unfairness claims made by campaigners fighting the closure of the Leeds children's heart surgery unit.

"Save Our Surgery" claims that by not revealing the score breakdown to decide which unit should close, the process was unfair.

The group have taken their fight to the High Court this week, but lawyers for the JCPCT said there was no legal obligation to release breakdown, nor would it have been of assistance if they had.

They also argued Leeds was given sufficient feedback to make meaningful responses.

Last year the NHS decided that the Freeman hospital in Newcastle should become a centre of excellence for the North.

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