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Read this – it shows just how determined some people are to close Leeds Children’s Heart Unit

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I don’t think there could be a much clearer example of the concerted, deliberate and wantonly inaccurate media campaign to undermine the NHS and achieve ulterior motives than today’s BBC News headline about the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit (CHU). It’s also perfectly in line with the track record of media and certain health interests in sullying the reputation of Leeds’ crucial and much-loved unit – a continued demonstration of the determination in certain quarters to see Leeds close even if there is no justification for it. There are too many articles on various facets of that story to link them all here, but if you want to see more a search of the blog for ‘Leeds’ will yield plenty of reading material.

The BBC long ago abandoned any pretence of impartiality on the NHS, instead contributing with gusto to the disinformation on issues like the A&E crisis, or even…

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A fresh look at the statistics surrounding LGI children’s heart unit – is someone playing dirty?

If you’ve been following the saga of the LGI children’s heart unit, you won’t have missed the claims about death rates there – ‘double the national average’ according to most media. You may thus be interested in the more sober analysis of real data provided here. There has been a shocking misrepresentation of unreliable information. … Continue reading A fresh look at the statistics surrounding LGI children’s heart unit – is someone playing dirty?

Children’s Heart Surgery in Leeds

 In a radio interview on Tuesday morning Councillor John Illingworth expressed the view that the arguments over Children’s Heart Surgery in Leeds now appeared to be a high level power struggle within the heirarchy of the NHS which had little to do with the welfare of child heart patients.  He had good reason to believe … Continue reading Children’s Heart Surgery in Leeds

Leeds Children’s Heart Unit – another chance to express your opinion

Opposition to the closing of Leeds Children's Heart Unit will not go away. The Archbishop of York recently added his voice. “We need a strong NHS serving a large number of children. Closing the specialist heart unit at Leeds will have a devastating effect on so many people. It would be terrible news for people … Continue reading Leeds Children’s Heart Unit – another chance to express your opinion

Leeds Children’s Heart unit – update

We reported in October that the decision to close the Leeds Children’s Heart unit had gone to review. This week the review body – the Independent Reconfiguration Panel – were in Leeds taking evidence. 170 top Yorkshire doctors presented them with a letter raising ‘serious concerns’ about the closure. Lord Ribeiro, a member of the … Continue reading Leeds Children’s Heart unit – update

Review on Leeds Children’s Heart Unit

Thanks to a great local campaign - including support from Leeds Labour MPs like Hilary Benn, Rachel Reeves and Ed Balls, and from local councillors - Jeremy Hunt has agreed to review the decision to close the Leeds Children's Heart Unit. That's good news - but the fight is not ended. Hunt has referred it … Continue reading Review on Leeds Children’s Heart Unit

Protesters Rally in support of Heart Unit

Thousands of campaigners mounted a major demonstration against plans to axe children’s heart surgery in Yorkshire.Parents, hospital staff and MPs joined a protest rally and march in Leeds against the closure of the unit at the city’s infirmary.Hundreds of patients from large swathes of the region face journeys of as long as three hours in … Continue reading Protesters Rally in support of Heart Unit