Statement regarding the high court ruling on the children’s heart surgery in Leeds.

The High Court challenge which took place today (Wednesday 27 March 2013) 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:

“We are absolutely delighted with this result, and I would like to thank everyone that campaigned so hard and worked together so effectively to ensure that the correct decision was made.

“The judgement today has shown that we were right to challenge the lack of transparency, lack of probity and lack of effectiveness.

“All the work that has gone into this campaign confirms what we already knew, that the consultation process used in the decision-making process was flawed. Today’s judgement 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.

“This really is fantastic news and the victory is well deserved. More importantly this is the right decision for local people who have campaigned so hard to keep a key health facility for poorly children in the city open.”


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk