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The Government played no part in the decision to suspend children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, peers were told today.

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Leeds defends their heart unit: 'Surgery in Leeds is safe'

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has defended the re-opening of a children's heart unit after Sir Roger Boyle the Department of Health's former National Director for Heart Disease said he would not send his daughter to the unit.

Low-risk operations resumed at Leeds General Infirmary on Wednesday. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

A spokesperson for the Leeds teaching hospitals NHS Trust said:

"On Monday we announced that we were reopening the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

"All partners were fully in agreement that this was the correct course of action to take and surgery has now resumed.

"This was publicly reconfirmed at a meeting of councillors held in Leeds on Wednesday when the deputy medical director of NHS England reaffirmed the view that all the child heart surgery units in England, including Leeds, are safe to undertake surgery."

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