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Leeds General Infirmary Is 'Safe' According To The NHS


9:30am 13th March 2014

The NHS Trust has apologsied over care failings over children being treated for serious heart defects at Leeds General Infirmary.

16 complaints have been put forward from families who feel they were not treated with compassion, given support or empathy when they were at the LGI.

Childrens heart surgery was temporarily suspended last year as it was feared that death rates were too high in the unit, but has since been given a clean bill of health for its clinical performance.

Some parents that put forward complaints gave damning reports, saying some had felt pressured into termination, while others were left in a distressed state with little or no support. Out of the 16 complaints, 6 of the children involved died.

Julian Hartley, chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,  has said he was "so sorry" for those families that had been affected and offered them a "heartfelt apology".

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