DEWSBURY’S MP has spoken out against proposals to shut the nearest specialist child heart unit to Huddersfield.
Simon Reevell says any proposal to close the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Hospital is wrong.
The NHS is currently running a consultation on plans to cut the number of units across the UK from 11 to six or seven.
There are four options under review, with all but one proposing the closure of the unit at Leeds. If the unit was to close, patients would have to travel to Liverpool, Newcastle or the Midlands for treatment.
Mr Reevell attended a meeting in the House of Commons this week with MPs from across the region and expressed his concern to the Health Minister, Simon Burns.
He has also written to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to ask why the unit at Leeds has been looked upon in such an unfavourable light.
Mr Reevell said: “I’ve received a lot of correspondence about this issue over the last few weeks.
“If you were to stick a pin in a map of England and say which locations should receive provision, Leeds and its surrounding areas would be pretty high on the list.
“It would be really unfair for families to have to travel such long distances to see their loved ones receive treatment and I really hope we can make the case for the excellent facilities at Leeds during this consultation.”
Several children from Huddersfield have had life-saving surgery at the unit.