02
April
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

Statement regarding the latest position on the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary






The following statement has been issued by the Chair of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) for Yorkshire and the Humber Councillor John Illingworth, concerning the latest position on the current suspension of children’s heart surgery services at Leeds General Infirmary.



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



“Following a briefing update we received this morning, we understand the matter is to be discussed at a NHS England risk summit tomorrow (Thursday). At this summit we are hopeful that the issues which resulted in the temporary closure will be fully addressed and that these critically important services will be immediately restored.





“Our prime concern throughout this process has been the welfare of the children concerned and limiting the anxiety of their parents and families, and we hope the restoration of services in Leeds will remove the current uncertainty and provide some comfort to them at this exceptionally difficult time.



“While our sole focus at this point is on bringing about the restoration of services as quickly as possible, we do have a number of questions to ask about how this whole process has played out and we will be seeking answers to those questions in the weeks and months to come.”



ENDS


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Roger Boyde, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk