Background to LGI children's heart surgery closure

Earlier this month campaigners from Leeds won a High Court challenge over proposed changes to children's heart surgery services in England after a judge ruled that the consultation process leading to the NHS decision had been flawed.

Read: Campaigners welcome ruling on Leeds child heart unit

Campaigners celebrated after the initial High Court win
Campaigners celebrated after the initial High Court win

Yesterday at London's High Court, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, said aspects of the Leeds consultations, including a failure to make relevant information available to consultees, was "ill judged."

But she stressed that she was only quashing "one part" of the decision so that there could be "re-consultation and reconsideration" over the Leeds closure.

Read: Leeds child heart unit closure 'to be reconsidered'


Leeds heart unit talks continue

NHS England has insisted the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary remains suspended pending a review, despite claims from two local MPs about a meeting on the issue. A ban on surgery was imposed over concerns about the numbers of deaths.