Heart surgery to resume at LGI

4 July 2012......    Stunned silence in in Ward 12 at the LGI when the announcement was made that  Childrens Heart Surgery is to be moved to Newcastle.
4 July 2012...... Stunned silence in in Ward 12 at the LGI when the announcement was made that Childrens Heart Surgery is to be moved to Newcastle.

Children’s heart surgery is set to restart at Leeds General Infirmary on Monday – a week after NHS bosses claimed data showed the service had death rates twice the national average.

The announcement came following days of meetings between NHS bosses and other partners. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said work would be done to give “sufficient assurance” the unit is safe to reopen.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, closed down the unit last week, just 24 hours after Save Our Surgery won a High Court battle to quash a decision to end surgery at LGI following a national review of children’s heart surgery.

He based the closure on leaked data which suggested LGI’s mortality rates were higher than the national average and concerns over staffing.

However, doctors and other medical experts cast doubt on the data, saying it was unverified and not fit to base the decision on.

Maggie Boyle, trust chief executive, said: “I am extremely confident that this service is safe and effective and should recommence at the earliest opportunity. I want partner organisations to be as confident in the service as I am.”

LGI consultant cardiologist Elspeth Brown earlier this week called the data used as “simply wrong” and “incomplete”.