Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

DESPERATELY DISAPPOINTING HEART UNIT DECISION

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The Review into Children’s Heart surgeries across the country decided yesterday on its options for cutting down the number of heart units.

As part of that decision, the Children’s Heart Unit in Leeds is set to close.

Rachel, who has visited the unit, been involved in the campaign and lobbied the government about the future of children’s heart unit, expressed her concern with the decision:

"This is a desperately disappointing decision, and one which will anger and upset many parents of children with heart problems across Yorkshire.

"We saw yesterday that there remain serious doubts over whether enough patients from our region would travel to Newcastle, the much longer journey times that will involve, and the upheaval of moving services away from Leeds.

"I am not convinced that those doubts have been adequately answered - I've said already that I am committed to continuing to help the Leeds campaigners, and I will now seek to assist them in considering options for an appeal."

The Review has been beset by procedural problems throughout, and serious questions have been raised about the process used to make the decision. Campaigners have vowed to carry on the fight.

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