Judge rules that decision to close three children’s heart units was unfairBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1575 (Published 08 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1575
- Clare Dyer
Campaigners fighting the decision to close the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds as part of an exercise to concentrate operations in fewer but larger centres have scored a comprehensive victory at the High Court in London.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies ruled that the “Safe and Sustainable” consultation that recommended closing three units was flawed by procedural unfairness and a failure to take into account material considerations.
The success for the campaigning group, Save our Surgery Limited, on both grounds of its challenge is a significant setback for the plans to concentrate surgery at only seven sites: Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle, and two in London. Units in Leeds and Leicester and at London’s …