Judge tells committee it must reconsider its decision on Leeds paediatric heart unit

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2061
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has quashed a decision to close three children’s heart surgery units in England to concentrate services in fewer but larger units.

Mrs Justice Nicola Davies quashed the decision by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts on 4 July 2012 to close units at Leeds, Leicester, and London’s Royal Brompton Hospital and to retain children’s congenital heart surgery at only seven sites.

Her judgment on 27 March, which is a setback to the timetable for reconfiguration of services by the Safe and Sustainable Review, follows …

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