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MPs secure vote over potential closure of LGI heart unit

Heart - Leeds General Infirmary closure

1:35pm 16th June 2011

Alongside his fellow Yorkshire MPs, Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, is pleased to announce that a parliamentary vote will now take place on the controversial review which could lead to the closure of the children's heart unit in Leeds.

A three hour debate has been granted on June 23rd 2011 which will involve a vote on a motion related to the issue.

With over 500,000 people having signed a petition to keep the services in Leeds open, Mr Sturdy is delighted that Parliament will have the opportunity to send a strong message to NHS decision-makers.

Commenting on the upcoming vote, Mr Sturdy said:

"The Children's Heart Unit at Leeds Infirmary carries out tremendous, and often life-saving, treatment every single day. The Unit actually serves more than 5.5 million people across the region, which is one of the highest catchment areas of any children's heart surgery units. Thus, to consider closing the facility and forcing the children of York to travel to Newcastle for treatment is simply ludicrous. 

"It is, however, not simply about location.The services provided by the Leeds Unit are of the highest clinical standards, as highlighted by the Unit's excellent records and reviews. This fact alone should lead NHS decision-makers to one simply conclusion; keep our children's heart unit open!"

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