CAMPAIGNERS are fighting to keep children’s heart surgery in Yorkshire.
The Government plans to cut the number of cardiac units nationwide from 11 to six.
The unit at Leeds General Infirmary – which treats patients across Yorkshire – is in line for the axe.
If the cuts go ahead, children from Huddersfield would have to travel to Newcastle for surgery.
All four parties on Kirklees Council are backing the campaign to save the Leeds unit.
Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: “The unit serves a large population and its loss would have a severe impact on families in Kirklees.
“It would mean parents with sick children would have to travel to Newcastle, Liverpool or Leicester to receive essential treatment – this is simply not acceptable.
“You don’t need to be a parent to understand the extreme difficulty and distress that would be caused by travelling those distances at a time of high anxiety.”
There will be a public meeting against the cut at the Royal Armouries in Leeds at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10. For more information call visit www.chsf.org.uk.