Decision to suspend heart surgery 'smacks of arrogance'

The Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West has called for resignations over the decision to suspend children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

Greg Mulholland said the chair of the Joint Primary Care Trust and, Sir Neil McKay, and the NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, should quit.

In a statement on his website he said:

This smacks of the extraordinary arrogance displayed throughout this process ...

To have arrived in Leeds and done this, without warning, just one day after the decision to close the Leeds unit was proved in a court of law to have been unlawful beggars belief; to do it the day before a double bank holiday weekend when parliament is in recess is both revealing and scandalous.

Many people believe that this is just a cynical attempt to circumvent the clear ruling of the court and the concern is for the children lined up for surgery and the distress this will cause them and their families.

– Greg Mulholland, mp for leeds north west

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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.