Heart unit closures suspended

Plans to close three children's heart units have been suspended by the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt said the decision to close the units would be put on hold after a review suggested that a consultation was based on "flawed analysis".

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Heart unit campaigner: 'They're finally listening to us'

Save Our Surgery activist and former patient Joe Barry, 16, said he was glad about the decision to suspend the closure of his local heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

"If I was born and this unit wasn't here I wouldn't have survived [the journey] to Newcastle," he said.

Former patient and now Save Our Surgery campaigner Joe Barry, aged 16, at Leeds General Infirmary Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

"It saved my life and I can't let this happen to anyone else.

"The news today, it's great. All the things that we've put forward to have a look at, it's all happening. After three years of fighting they're finally listening to us."

Lisa Rushworth and son Jack Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Lisa Rushworth, whose son Jack was treated at Leeds, said she hoped the hospital would now have a chance to make its case based "on more statistics and actual facts".

Jack, 11, said: "They've looked after me really well."

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