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Second children’s cardiac surgery unit set for closure takes its case to High Court

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f957 (Published 12 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f957
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Campaigners trying to stop the closure of the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary took their case to the High Court in London this week.

The campaign group is challenging a decision by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts’ “Safe and Sustainable” review of children’s heart surgery services in England. The review recommended closing three units: those at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, and Leeds General Infirmary and concentrating services in fewer, larger, and more specialised units.1

Save our Surgery, the group set up to fight the case, has challenged the basis on which closure decisions were made, claiming that …

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