Campaigners calling for children’s heart surgery to be retained in Leeds are hoping the new Health Secretary will take a fresh look at the threatened unit.
Jeremy Hunt was has taken over from Andrew Lansley after yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle.
The controversial decision to move surgery from the Leeds General Infirmary unit is being referred to the Health Secretary and supporters said they would be seeking a meeting with Mr Hunt as soon as possible.
Sharon Cheng, from LGI-based charity the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, said: “We hope that the new Health Secretary will look at the whole process with a fresh pair of eyes.”
Ms Cheng also revealed that they are drawing up a compromise idea to put to health minister Simon Burns at a meeting later this month.
Meanwhile a survey of nurses on the unit showed 98 per cent would not move to another centre if the LGI ward was forced to close.