Support for Leeds Heart Unit campaign from Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
THE Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, pictured, has backed the campaign to keep Leeds Heart Unit open.
An NHS review in July 2012 recommended that children’s heart services should stop at Leeds General Infirmary.
It is the closest unit for young patients living in North East Lincolnshire, and if it closed, they would face even longer journeys for treatment.
Yesterday, Dr Sentamu paid a visit to the unit and said: “ I want to say publicly that we need to keep this unit open.”
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At the end of last year, an attempt by campaigners to delay a judicial review of the proceedings failed.
The parents of the young cardiac patients banded together to fight against the planned closure.
The Joint Committee Of Primary Care Trusts made the initial decision in July last year to reduce the number of units across the country from 11 to six or seven.
The Save Our Surgery group had hoped to delay the review until a review was completed. However, they were told this would not be possible.