New Move To Retain Yorkshire Children's Heart Unit.
6:32pm 29th November 2012
A joint health “watchdog” representing every local authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region has written to the Secretary of State for Health to urge him not to approve the closure of the highly-valued paediatric heart unit in Leeds.
The Yorkshire and Humber Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee has made a formal submission to Jeremy Hunt, pointing out that the proposals will offer substantially worse services to children across the region.
County Councillor Jim Clark, the Chairman of North Yorkshire’s Scrutiny of Health Committee, believes the proposed closure of the children’s heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary will have a particularly adverse impact on child healthcare in North Yorkshire.
“Transport links are an issue in many parts of what is an extremely large rural county,” he said. “If the paediatric coronary service is removed from Leeds, very many people in much of North Yorkshire will be left with the prospect of having to travel long distances to get the health care to which they are entitled.”
If the closure proposals go ahead, patients from Yorkshire would have to to travel to Newcastle, Liverpool, or Birmingham for treatment.
“The LGI unit is a highly valued resource, and its closure would be a serious blow for the whole region,” added Councillor Clark.
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