- Tyne Tees
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."
"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."
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".