Surgery set to resume

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CHILDREN’S heart surgery is set to resume in Yorkshire.

The decision to reopen the unit at Leeds General Infirmary early next week was reached at a summit between Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS England and other partners on Thursday night.

A spokesman for the Trust said the agencies will act over the weekend to ‘provide sufficient assurance’ that the unit is safe to reopen.

All operations at the unit, which treats South Yorkshire children, were halted last Thursday after senior NHS bosses said figures suggested the unit had a death rate double that of other centres.

But medical bodies, doctors and other experts have questioned the accuracy of the data, which they say was unverified and not fit to base such a decision on.

Parents had criticised the timing of the unit’s suspension, which came just 24 hours after a High Court judge ruled that a decision-making process to close it as part of an England-wide reorganisation of services was ‘legally flawed’.

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