TALKS are taking place to decide the future of children’s heart surgery at a West Yorkshire hospital.
All children’s congenital heart operations at Leeds General Infirmary were halted on Thursday after NHS figures suggested the unit had a death rate double that of other centres.
But a number of parties met for discussions yesterday.
Operations will continue to be suspended while talks take place, but NHS England and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said they were trying to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
The Trust met with NHS England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the National Trust Development Authority and the meeting was described as “constructive”.
A joint statement said: “It was agreed that there would be further information shared today and talks between parties will continue. Our first consideration is patient safety and the arrangements put in place over the bank holiday weekend have been effective. These arrangements will continue for the time being.
“We are trying to resolve this as quickly as possible in the best interests of patients.”
Campaigners, including many from Huddersfield, criticised the suspension of surgery and its timing, 24 hours after a High Court judge ruled the process to close the children’s unit was “legally flawed”.