Statement on the decision to suspend the review into the children's heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary

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

“We very much welcome today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Health to formally suspend the Safe and Sustainable Review which recommended the closure of the children’s congenital heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

“We are pleased that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel has officially recognised the flaws in the original review process, and we would be happy to work with all parties to ensure any future review is conducted in a transparent, thorough and fair way.

“We will now take time to reflect on the full detail of the IRP's report, and would again thank all those that have contributed to the work of the JHOSC as we look to ensure the best possible long-term care can be delivered for children and their families across Yorkshire and the Humber.”


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