"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.


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.