Statement regarding children’s heart surgery in Leeds

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“I am shocked at the timing of today’s events following the High Court decision yesterday and the major transformational changes taking place in the NHS from Monday. Many people will be deeply sceptical about these developments and the question has to be asked why the National Commissioning Board and the Care Quality Commission have raised these issues at this time.

“The safety and wellbeing of the children and families is our main concern. We fully support the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s decision and hope that the findings of the review will result in services being reinstated with minimum disruption and provide reassurance to patients and families across the region.”


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Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office

(0113) 395 1578Email claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk