Published : 20/07/2012 00:00

Regional health watchdog meet in Leeds to discuss children’s heart surgery unit closure

A health watchdog representing 15 councils across the Yorkshire and Humber region is meeting at Leeds Civic Hall next week to review the decision of the Joint Committee for Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) to close the Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Unit.

The event is open to all members of the public and doors will be open from 10:00am on Tuesday 24 July. The meeting is due to end at approximately 4:30pm.

The Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Yorkshire and the Humber) will be carrying out a full review of the decision to close the unit at Leeds General Infirmary, which was announced in London on 4 July. The Scrutiny Committee will consider a range of evidence to help it determine whether or not the decision is in the interest of health services across the region . If not, the Scrutiny Committee can refer the matter to the Secretary of State for Health who would then make a final decision.

Sir Neil McKay, who chaired the JCPCT, will be attending the meeting and answering questions from the Scrutiny Committee members about the JCPCT decision. Other contributions will come from patient representatives, clinicians, elected members and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust officials.

Councillor John Illingworth, chair of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Yorkshire and the Humber) said:

“This a hugely important decision which needs to be discussed fully, so I would encourage as many people as possible to attend this public meeting to help ensure that local feelings are expressed and understood.”

The report of the JCPCT can be found at this link


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578