"This is about providing the best possible care"

Leslie Hamilton has been involved with the Safe and Sustainable review since the outset.

A cardiac surgeon, he spent 15 years working in the children's heart unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Mr Hamilton told ITV News that this was always going to be a difficult decision - but it is a decision that is being made to provide the best possible care.

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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.