Report into children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds is questioned

Report into children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds is questioned

Report into children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds is questioned

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A REPORT into the poor treatment of families at the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds did not allow the unit to respond to claims, the charity supporting it has said.

The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has said it welcomes the findings of an NHS England commissioned report concluded that medical and surgical care of patients at the heart surgery unit – which cares for children in York and North Yorkshire – was safe and “in line with standard practice.”

However, it said not enough chance was given for the unit to respond to the distressing testimonies of 16 families. Parents have told how they were pressured into abortions, treated without compassion and were insensitively told their children were dying.

Sharon Cheng, director of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, said: “These are 16 complaints over a four years during which the unit handled 40,000 patient cases and conducted over 1500 operations.

"While one complaint is too many, the majority of patients under Leeds’ care tell us on a daily basis what a superb service they receive. We believe this should have been in the report."

The unit was shut for over a week last year after it was found the death rate was 2.75 times higher than the national average and after parents and another NHS unit raised concerns.

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1:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

Read the report of the Family Experience report of the families that were brave enough to contact them.

http://www.england.n
hs.uk/wp-content/upl
oads/2014/03/leeds-r
eview.pdf

There are many recommendations out of it, it is not a clean 'bill of health'.

Including how is it that a patient who has heart failure gets treated for Factitious Illness and the local Unit doesn't know how to handle those concerns.

There will be another report soon on the Whistleblowers' Hospitals those clinicians who blew the whistle on those patients who were transferred and their shocking condition.

Hopefully as a result of this 'lesson's' should be learnt and 'lessons' which should have been learnt a VERY LONG TIME AGO.
Read the report of the Family Experience report of the families that were brave enough to contact them. http://www.england.n hs.uk/wp-content/upl oads/2014/03/leeds-r eview.pdf There are many recommendations out of it, it is not a clean 'bill of health'. Including how is it that a patient who has heart failure gets treated for Factitious Illness and the local Unit doesn't know how to handle those concerns. There will be another report soon on the Whistleblowers' Hospitals those clinicians who blew the whistle on those patients who were transferred and their shocking condition. Hopefully as a result of this 'lesson's' should be learnt and 'lessons' which should have been learnt a VERY LONG TIME AGO. Digeorge
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