Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

Rachel and Campaigners meet with Minister in fight to save LGI Heart Unit


Yesterday, Leeds MP and campaigners met with Government Health Minister, Simon Burns, to highlight concerns about the future of the LGI Children’s Heart Unit. In the meeting they laid out their concern that the Unit might close, leaving five million people in Yorkshire and The Humber without close access.

Following the meeting, Rachel said:

“I am glad that we have had the opportunity to talk directly to the Department of Health about our concerns and I hope we can work with them going forward to protect our Children’s Heart Unit. I am still concerned, but I am determined to secure the future of this Unit for patients and parents across Yorkshire and the Humber.”

Jon Arnold, Trustee of children’s Heart Surgery Fund and parent of heart patient, Zoe, aged 4, who also attended the meeting said:

“Today’s meeting was about presenting our concerns and those of parents and patients around the region directly to the Minister. While we recognise the initial decision lies with the Joint Committee, we want to seek reassurance from the Minister that he is fully aware of the serious concerns we have. He gave us those reassurances and we look forward to continuing our campaign ahead of the Joint Committee decision in December.”

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