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: Care Quality Commission

The Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust they have taken the decision to temporarily pause children's congenital cardiac surgery and associated interventions while a review is conducted, a process they aim to complete in around three weeks.

The Care Quality Commission says it supports the decision.

"We support the Trust's decision to carry out a review of their children's heart surgery unit and to put existing activity on hold pending the outcome of the review. We are in close contact with the trust to ensure effective arrangments are in place to protect the safety and welfare of patients during the period of of the review. We are monitoring the situation extremely closely and will not hesitate to take regulatory action if we believe this is required."

– Care Quality Commission

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