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Children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds and two other centres were close to “alert” threshold, figures show

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2423
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The three year mortality rate for the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary is close to the “alert” threshold, but so are two of the seven units earmarked to survive under the planned reconfiguration of services, data released by NHS England show.

The report, produced during the temporary closure of the Leeds unit after preliminary figures seemed to show high death rates there, indicates that units at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool are also close to the alert point.

The analysis, conducted by the National Institute for Cardiovascular …

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