The decision of Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts to shut down the children’s heart surgery services at Leeds General Infirmary has invited criticism. The campaigners asking the authorities to undo the decision have taken the legal help to make the authorities to do so.
However, the health bosses have criticized the decision of the campaigners to call for judicial review. The Chairman of Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts, Sir Neil McKay, was reported saying, “Children and their families have waited far too long for these vital services to be changed. We believe our decision - backed by professional associations and national charities - was the right one to ensure high quality sustainable services for the future”.
The decision of shutting down the services has been taken with the aim of increasing the focus at the heart surgery services being offered at other hospitals. But, the campaigners are of the view that the closer of the services will cause problems to families with kids born with heart defects. A letter has been send by the campaigners to the Trusts notifying them of judicial review. Campaigners are hopeful that their step will help in winning over the Trusts’ decision.