Hospital's 'priority must be the safety of children'

The trust has taken a highly responsible precautionary step.

Some questions have been raised by the trust's own mortality data and by other information.

It is important to understand that while this information raises questions, it does not give us answers.

But it is absolutely right not to take any risks while these matters are being looked into.

The priority must be the safety of children. I hope that Leeds will shortly be in a position to restart children's heart surgery secure in the knowledge that everything is okay.

– Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England

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