HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt has “full confidence” in the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds, weeks after operations were briefly suspended over health concerns.
Mr Hunt will soon be making decisions on the safe and sustainable review into children’s heart surgery, which is looking at centralising the service into fewer, more specialised centres, he told MPs at health questions in the Commons.
Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew said the Leeds unit had undergone the greatest scrutiny of all during the review.
Mr Hunt said: “I do have full confidence in the children’s heart surgery at Leeds. I know they do an excellent job. You will understand that when there are safety concerns they do have to be investigated. But I’m delighted those issues have been resolved and surgery is continuing.”
Operations were suspended in April after NHS England medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh received mortality data which suggested death rates were higher than the national average. Mr Hunt defended the decision at the time, despite criticism the data was flawed.