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The CEO of the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has spoken out to reassure families about the children's heart surgery unit's reputation.
Low-risk operations will begin again at Leeds General Infirmary today, following a review of the children's heart unit.
Surgery was suspended last month over concerns of death rates, the quality of surgery and staffing levels.
NHS England said an improvement in a number of areas would be required, as they continue to explore issues raised about the unit.
The first stage of the review which took place at the weekend advised that the quality of surgery and staffing were sufficient to allow a phased resumption of operations.
The Save our Surgery campaign group said it was relieved the unit was to reopen but had a number of concerns about the decision to close the unit after the High Court judgment.
Children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary will begin again on Wednesday, April 10.
The children's cardiac unit at Leeds General Infirmary will reopen next week, providing the hospital provides assurances to the NHS about its standards of care.
ITV News' Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:
NHS England said its review of the children's cardiac unit at Leeds General Infirmary should be completed "early next week".
Ian Dalton, the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of NHS England, said:
The NHS has defended its decision to suspend surgery at a Leeds hospital's children's cardiac unit, calling it a "prudent, precautionary step".
NHS England said the unit would be reopened pending a review of "mortality data", "concerns and complaints" and staffing.
It said the review aimed to assess whether the unit was "of a standard consistent with other units in the country".
The NHS says it will interview staff at Leeds General Infirmary about their "working practices" before rubber-stamping the reopening of the hospital's children's cardiac unit.
In a statement, NHS England said it would review the "governance of the unit" and speak to staff caring for children where "incidents or complaints" had occurred.
Local Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has accused the NHS of handling the closure of Leeds General Infirmary's children's heart unit "shambolically":
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MPs have called for an investigation into why a "reckless" decision was made to stop children's heart surgery at a Leeds hospital.