THE Selby Times-supported battle to save children’s heart services in Yorkshire is to go to the High Court.
The Save Our Surgery group, set up top defend the unit and supported by the Pierce-Storm family from Hemingbrough, whose son Vaughn has had three life-saving operations in Leeds, has announced it has applied to the High Court for permission for Judicial Review.
SOS is disputing the legality of the decision to close the paediatric cardiac surgical unit in Leeds, which will leave Yorkshire, Humber and the North Midlands with a poorer children’s heart surgery service.
The JCPCT made the decision to close the Leeds unit following a national review of children’s heart surgery delivery. This means patients across Yorkshire and The Humber will have to travel up to 150 miles to Newcastle, Birmingham or Liverpool for treatment.
SOS’s Sharon Cheng said: “It’s with great regret and reluctance that Save Our Surgery has decided to lodge this application for legal action against the decision to close the Leeds children’s heart surgery unit. Quite simply, we feel we’ve been left with no alternative after all other options put forward were rejected outright by the senior NHS officials responsible.
“Fundamentally, this action is about making sure that children across the country have proper access to vital, life-saving services. We remain hopeful that common sense and democracy will prevail, and that Health Ministers will use their powers to take up our proposed compromise solution.”
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