Decision to close Leeds Children's Heart Unit was "procedurally flawed"
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Leeds Children's Heart Unit claim that fighting against the decision to close it has been like "shooting in the dark".
The High Court hearing stems from a decision last July by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) that paediatric cardiac surgery should be concentrated at fewer, larger sites to improve standards across the country.
The chosen sites are at Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton and two London centres – meaning children currently treated in Leeds, including those in North East Lincolnshire, will have to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for surgery.
As reported on www.thisisgrimby.co.uk, yesterday saw the start of the hearing in the High Court mounted by the Grimsby Telegraph-backed Save Our Surgery campaign, who told the judge the decision was "procedurally flawed".
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SOS campaigners told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies the "unfair" consultation process had left them "shooting in the dark" and called for it to be re-run.
For full details, see tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph.