A recent report has claimed that there would be review done surrounding plans to close down children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary. It has been known that the decision to close the unit has not gone down well with families of patients from Yorkshire and the Humber region who would have to move to Newcastle or Liverpool.
Families of the patients who have been devastated with the news are expecting that some sort of resolution to the problem would be done in near future. They even approached Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, who has assured that he would be referring their concerns to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which would review the entire case now.
"There is this assumption all the patients at the Leeds unit will automatically migrate to Newcastle and I think that's a big flaw in the assessment made here", said Jason McCartney, Conservative MP for Colne Valley.
Apparently, Health Minister Simon Burns has acknowledged the concerns expressed about the close if the unit, which would affect patients badly. A lot depends on the way the panel is going to review the plan as the same would be referred to the secretary of state. It would be worth seeing what future holds for the patients in the time to come.
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