High Court tells NHS to think again about heart surgery unit closure

A HIGH Court judge has quashed part of an NHS consultation process vital for introducing “long overdue” changes to children’s heart surgery services in Leeds and across the country.

The judge acted today (Wednesday March 27) after recently ruling that the process was legally flawed in relation to the decision to close the children’s heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI).

Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, sitting at London’s High Court, said aspects of the Leeds consultations, including a failure to make relevant information available to consultees, was “ill judged”.

But she stressed today she was only quashing “one part” of the JCPCT decision so that there could be “re-consultation and reconsideration” over the Leeds closure.

The judge emphasised that she was not ordering that the whole consultation process had to return to the start.

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