Battle to save heart unit goes on

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A DECISION on the future of the Children’s Heart Unit at Leeds, that serves hundreds of South Yorkshire families, has been postponed to next year.

Campaigners for Ward 10 were due to hear this month whether the unit is to be closed, but must now wait until Spring next year.

The delay arose because London’s Royal Brompton Hospital won a High Court bid to seek a judicial review in to the decision to close its own heart unit.

An appeal against this case is ongoing, and if it is not successful, then the whole Government review could be considered flawed and have to be carried out again.

A spokeswoman for Leeds General Infirmary said: “This is a worrying time for Yorkshire parents and families, and we would still urge everyone to write to their MPs expressing their concern, and to support the campaign to keep the Leeds heart unit open”.

Over 600,000 people signed a petition supporting Ward 10, that is accessible to over 14 million people in less than two hours travel time. For many critically ill tots, travel time has proved to be a vital factor in their survival.

For more information on the fight to save Ward 10 visit www.chsf.org.uk