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Children's heart unit battle

Newcastle's Freeman Hospital is taking on extra referrals because children's heart surgery is suspended at Leeds General Infirmary.

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Statement from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has released a statement after the High Court today passed a judgement determining the need for further consultation about the future of children's heart services in the region.

"The impact of such legal procrastination has serious consequences for the NHS serving only to frustrate and delay what needs to be done and quickly.

"The outcome was not unexpected.

"Sadly so much time and money is being wasted."

– Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive

"Having said that, there are democratic rights which can be exercised however we are not prepared to drown in a sea of semantic pollution hence shall continue to put the children and parents first and foremost in all that we do because no matter the claims and counter claims, Newcastle as a centre with such a comprehensive service portfolio shall be working towards what this is all about - a safe and sustainable service in the national interest.

"So much so, our ongoing investments including additional skilled staff recruitment are now well underway."

– Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive

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