Posted by: Jason's Staff | March 1, 2011

Jason Backs Yorkshire’s Children’s Heart Surgery Unit

Jason is backing a campaign aiming to retain life-saving children’s heart surgery services in the Yorkshire region. The unit is based at Leeds General Infirmary and he met parents and surgeons from the region in Parliament today to discuss the issue.

Save Our Surgery

The NHS’s ‘Safe and Sustainable’ review of the 11 children’s heart surgery units in England has recommended a reduction in the number of units to create fewer, larger centres. It has put forward four options for a four-month public consultation period, with the LGI unit featuring in only one option.

Jason said:

“I am concerned that if this unit closes, local families will be forced to take their children to centres as far away as Newcastle, Liverpool or even London for life-saving surgery, and in emergency situations that will put children’s lives at risk.”

The campaign is being led by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the charity that supports the unit on behalf of families.

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