Heart centre campaign plea

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SHEFFIELD councillors are backing the fight to save the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds.

Ruling Labour and opposition Liberal Democrat members of the authority are proposing motions at the next full council meeting on Wednesday, in support of the campaign.

An NHS review into the units recommended closing the Leeds centre last month, with patients instead having to travel to Newcastle.

However, opponents believes the arguments for closure are ‘flawed’. The fight to save the unit has already received support from MPs and a petition against closure has gathered 600,000 signatures.

Coun Mary Lea, Labour cabinet member responsible for health, said: “We are asking the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber to overturn the decision.”