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Child Heart Surgery: Campaigners In Court Win

Thursday, March 7th 2013 00:00

Campaigners have won a High Court challenge over proposed changes to children's heart surgery services in West Yorkshire.

Save Our Surgery (SOS), which is trying to stop the closure of the heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary, argued the consultation process leading up to the changes was "unfair and procedurally flawed".

Justice Nicola Davies, sitting at London's High Court, ruled that the challenge must succeed - but what the victory means for the future will be decided at a later date.

Outside the Royal Courts of Justice, SOS spokeswoman Sharon Cheng said the ruling did not necessarily mean the Leeds heart unit was saved.

She said much would depend on what orders the judge decided to make when the matter returns to court later this month.

"We have won this case on every point. It doesn't necessarily mean the heart surgery is saved, but fresh reconsideration will have to be given as to what is to happen next and the fight will go on," she said.

"We knew it was time to fight because of the strength of feeling of families.

"The campaign started small, like David and Goliath, then grew and grew out of all proportions."

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