Leeds City Council

Published : 05/07/2012 00:00

Council unites to fight closure of children's heart unit

Following the announcement to close the children’s heart unit in Leeds, a motion confirming the council’s support for an appeal to the Secretary of State will be put to full council next week.

The motion will seek support across the political spectrum to press ahead with a referral of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trust’s decision to the Secretary of State for Health.

In a joint statement, the leaders of all the political parties at Leeds City Council - Councillor Keith Wakefield, Councillor Andrew Carter, Councillor Stewart Golton, Councillor Robert Finnegan and Councillor Ann Blackburn - said:

“This is a devastating blow to families who will be faced with additional, unnecessary stress at a time when their sole concern is the well being of their children.

“The outpouring of disappointment, anger and frustration at yesterday’s decision is a clear signal that the unit is viewed as vital by people across the region.

“Without a gold standard specialist heart service for children in Leeds, too many people will be disadvantaged. We cannot allow the lives and health of these children and families to be determined by this flawed decision.

“We are totally committed to fighting this decision on behalf of the 14 million people living within a two hour drive of Leeds and will be referring it immediately to the Secretary of State.”

The meeting of the council takes place on Wednesday 11 July at 1.30pm at Civic Hall.

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
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