Statement regarding the current position on the children's heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

"The safety of the very poorly children being treated at the LGI is my paramount concern. I therefore welcome the reassurance that has been provided in response to concerns raised last week, which is enabling surgery to resume. While the hospital is confident about the unit’s performance, it is right to seek extra reassurance, particularly for the families involved, from this weekend’s independent assessment. I very much hope surgeries will begin again next week and the unit can get back to providing world-class healthcare and saving lives.

"A huge amount of hard work has been carried out in recent days to address the issues raised by the temporary closure so I’d like to thank everyone involved, particularly staff and patients, for all their efforts, which have led to these critically-important services being restored."


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