Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member responsible for public health said:
“Leeds City Council condemns today’s decision by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts to close the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds.
"There is absolutely no doubt that the loss of this facility will have a serious and detrimental impact on ill and vulnerable children and their families right across our region.
“The decision will leave 5.5 million people in Yorkshire and Humberside, and 14 million people living within a two hour drive of Leeds severely and disproportionately disadvantaged.
“We will be making an immediate referral of the decision to the Secretary of State for Health, given the significance this decision has for the population of our region and our local health services.”
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