Children's heart surgeon suspended from hospital

A children's heart surgeon has been suspended from performing any operations at a unit that is facing closure.

The paediatric surgeon, at Leeds Children's Hospital, has agreed not to carry out any procedures while "aspects of his surgical practice" are assessed.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust said he had been asked to stop operating this week after concerns were raised.

But they denied that it was related to recent allegations that they had resisted sending children to a different children's unit.

A surgeon in our paediatric cardiac team has agreed not to carry out operations until we have completed an assessment of aspects of his surgical practice.

He has been subject to a specific restriction on his practice over a period of time and we review the position on a regular basis.

This professional review is being carried out within the Trust. It is viewed as best practice and is part of running a safe service.

It is not related to claims currently being made about alleged unwillingness to refer from Leeds to other children's heart centres.

– Spokesman, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust