Statement on outcome of today's meeting of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) for Yorkshire and the Humber concerning the proposed closure of the children's heart surgery unit at

Chair of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) for Yorkshire and the Humber Councillor John Illingworth said:

“My thanks to all who attended the meeting today - and to those who contributed to the development of the committee's report. What is clear is that all members of the joint committee - plus the thousands who have backed the campaign to keep the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds - are urging the Secretary of State for Health to look at this issue again.

“Under the proposed changes Newcastle will simply not offer the same levels of service for very sick and vulnerable children that are currently on offer at the Leeds Children's Hospital. The key consideration must be that the same or a better service will be offered as a result of any change and that is simply not the case here, with potentially fatal consequences.

“There has been a serious lack of openness and many questions remain outstanding about the way in which the original decision was reached. There is an overwhelming level of support across the region to retain these services in Leeds. We appeal to the Secretary of State to conduct a thorough and impartial review to provide transparency and much-needed answers to important questions.”

For background information on today's meeting, visit Report on children's heart surgery unit in Leeds


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