I spoke to Jeremy Hunt this afternoon and stressed to him the importance of maximum openness. The decision to stop operations has come as a great shock to all of us and we need all the facts to be put in the open.
Sir Bruce Keogh said this morning that the data showed Leeds to have a mortality rate that was twice the national average. Now we discover that the person responsible for the data Dr John Gibbs, chairman of the steering committee for the Central Cardiology Audit Database (CCAD), is reported to have said that the mortality figures were preliminary, had not undergone the usual rigorous checking process and were not fit to be looked at by anyone outside the committee.
– Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central
The only way to resolve this is for the data - with all the caveats included - to be published immediately so that it can be examined, and I urge the Secretary of State to do so without delay.