1. ITV Report

Heart surgery nurses say they won't move

Nurses join demonstration on 23rd July Photo:

Nurses at the Leeds General Infirmary say they would not move to another centre should children’s heart surgery be forced to close.

In a survey of 50 nurses, on the paediatric cardio-thoracic ward and children’s cardiac intensive care unit, 98% of them said family commitments, financial constraints, travel distance and friends in the area would mean they would not be prepared to move.

The NHS Safe and Sustainable review into children’s heart surgery provision in the UK concluded in July that surgery at Leeds would end leaving parents and patients to travel to centres in Newcastle, Liverpool and Birmingham for surgery.

The nursing staff are concerned that ending surgery at the unit will be harmful to the network in which they work.

We’re fully committed to saving children’s heart surgery in Leeds as we believe the decision to end it is flawed. Nurses and parents alike have expressed their concern at the decision and have questioned the future of their jobs / surgery at the unit. We are working with them to ensure everyone is kept informed on the latest activity and assure everyone that we will do everything we can to reverse the decision.

– Sharon Cheng, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund charity Director