CHILDREN’S HEART SURGERY AT LEEDS.
Campaigners on, wednesday 27th March, were celebrating a High Court ruling that confirmed the decision by the Joint Primary Care Trust (JCPT) in 2012 to close the Leeds unit had been made illegally.
The governments stool pigeon,NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh along with other senior members of NHS England and the Care Quality Commission, arrived unannounced at Leeds General Infirmary on the morning of Thursday 28th of March to demand that, with immediate effect, children’s heart surgery should cease.
This communique has been issed from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:
Maggie Boyle, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said today: “Following discussions earlier today with senior representatives from NHS England and the Care Quality Commission the Trust has agreed to carry out an internal review independently validated and supported by external experts. This will look at all aspects of congenital cardiac surgery for children undertaken at the unit in Leeds. … “We have taken the decision to temporarily pause children’s cardiac surgery and associated interventions while this review is conducted, a process we would aim to complete in around three weeks. We apologise to parents and families who will be affected during this time, and can assure them we always put the safety of our patients first. “It is really important to us that the review is done as speedily and comprehensively as possible, which, of course, we hope will show the services in Leeds to be safe. We are confident in the quality of the care provided by our staff and hope they will bear with us during this difficult time. “Families whose surgery may be affected during this time are being contacted directly by the Trust.”