Statement regarding high court ruling re children’s heart surgery in Leeds

A High Court challenge regarding the controversial decision to move children's heart surgery services from Leeds General Infirmary has been successful.

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

"Today's ruling is a huge boost to the campaign to keep the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds open.

"It confirms what we already knew; that the consultation process used in the decision-making process was flawed. Today’s judgment supports the view of the Joint Committee, as stated in its report in October 2011, that the detail of the Kennedy sub-scores should have been made available during the initial public consultation. The Joint Committee asked for this information during the public consultation and was refused access by the Safe and Sustainable review team

"We now look forward to the Remedy Hearing on 27 March, which will provide us with information about what will happen as a result of today's ruling.

"Despite this positive step, we are still also awaiting the outcome of the IRP’s review and the recommendations that they will present to the Secretary of State regarding the future of the unit.

"We will continue to highlight the flaws of this ill thought out proposal which has huge implications for sick children and their families across the Yorkshire and Humber region.”


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Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Email claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk