Leeds child heart op suspension remains after talks

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Children's heart operations remain suspended at Leeds General Infirmary despite a day of talks about the future of the unit.

Operations were halted last Thursday after the NHS medical director said data showed mortality figures at the unit were higher than expected.

The BBC was initially told surgery was likely to resume but NHS England said the situation remained unchanged.

Talks have been taking place between the hospital and NHS managers.

An NHS England spokesman said: "There is no change to the situation with regard to paediatric cardiac surgery at Leeds General Infirmary. The suspension remains in place and the review continues."

Leeds Teaching Trust NHS also confirmed that the suspension would remain in place.

A trust spokesman said: "There will be no statement issued this evening by Leeds Teaching Hospitals about the talks involving NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Development Authority."

Surgery was suspended just 24 hours after a High Court ruling to keep the unit open.

The hospital is at the centre of a long-running dispute over the future of children's heart services. An NHS review said surgery would be better focused at fewer, larger sites.

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