The Government's former heart disease research chief has said he would not send his own daughter for treatment at Leeds General Infirmary's child cardiac unit, despite it being reopened earlier this week.
Professor Sir Roger Boyle, director of the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research, which oversees NHS mortality data, told the BBC that care at the centre was "on the edge of acceptability."
Surgery at the hospital was suspended at the end of last month after NHS England said it had "serious concerns" that data showed the unit had a death rate double that of other centres. It resumed again on Wednesday. He told the BBC:
"We find they're just on the edge of what we call an alert. In other words, showing that they were right on the edge of acceptability."
He added that he would not send his children to Leeds.
"I would go somewhere else," he said.
"I would go to Newcastle."
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