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The fight's not over to save the kid's heart unit at the LGI

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6:07pm 2nd November 2011
(Updated 4:22pm 3rd November 2011)

Representatives from the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) and  a Leeds MP met with Simon Burns, Health Minister and Jeremy Glyde, Director of Safe and Sustainable in London today (2nd November 2011) to highlight the importance of keeping the Children’s Heart Unit open at the LGI in Leeds city centre.
Jeremy Glyde was able to confirm that a number of options which include Leeds are being considered.  The representatives from CHSF used the opportunity to put their case forward for keeping the Yorkshire Heart Centre open and highlighted some of the flaws in the review.
Children’s Heart Surgery Fund director, Sharon Cheng, said:

“We are extremely grateful to both Simon Burns and Jeremy Glide for their time today in what was a very productive meeting.  Everyone felt the meeting was a helpful platform to raise our concerns about the process to date."
The campaign has received cross party support. 

Rachel Reeves, the Leeds West MP who secured the meeting, also attended the meeting.
Following the meeting, Rachel said:

“I am glad that we have had the opportunity to talk directly to the Department of Health and I am determined to do all I can to secure the future of this Unit for patients and parents across Yorkshire and the Humber."
With six weeks to go the charity stressed how important it is for people to continue to campaign right up to the decision on 14th December 2011.  A further meeting will take place next Wednesday 9th November at the House of Commons to raise awareness of the campaign among MPs and Peers of the Yorkshire & The Humber Joint Health & Overview Scrutiny Committee's report in support of the Yorkshire unit.
Earlier this year over 600,000 people signed a petition supporting the children’s heart unit at the LGI, which provides life-saving surgery to hundreds of children in Yorkshire and the Humber and beyond annually.  The Unit is accessible to over 14 million people in less than two hours, including over five million people in Yorkshire and The Humber alone.
For more information on the fight to save these vital services in Yorkshire and to find out how you can help visit www.chsf.org.uk

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