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Leeds children’s heart surgery suspension “wrong”

Children’s heart surgery was wrongly suspended at Leeds General Infirmary because of “incomplete” information, a senior doctor has said.

The unit was shut after the NHS medical director said data showed mortality figures were higher than expected.

But cardiologist Elspeth Brown said the data did not include all the operations, and that staff were confident in their clinical work.

Surgery was suspended on Thursday, just 24 hours after a High Court ruling kept the unit open.

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said while the timing was “embarrassing” he had to act because data suggested a death rate twice the national average, and after concerns were raised about junior staff.

Read more at BBC Health.

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