#LGI heart unit to be judged ‘fully exonerated’, ‘world class’

A very well-connected source, who has seen the draft report from the ‘Rapid Response’ team that inspected the children’s heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary in response to a supposed ‘constellation’ of concerns about the standard of its care, tells me that the team’s report may be published for public use next week, and that the hospital and its supporters are pushing for exactly that.

The final version of the report is currently being compiled. However, I can reveal in advance that the findings of the report include:

  • that the unit will be “fully exonerated” of all concerns and accusations
  • that the unit is “world class” in many respects
  • praise for the dedication and commitment of its staff

Since the unit still faces potential closure, it’s absolutely critical that this information is publicised in a rapid and widespread manner, in order to counteract the pernicious and slanted media and political coverage that has threatened in the last couple of weeks to ‘toxify’ the reputation of this vital unit in the public perception.

So please spread the word!


  1. I’ve shared this on fb and have asked my friends to do the same; hopefully, more people will read about this and realise that we have been fed some awful rubbish! Keep up the great work.

  2. Well done Steve for your involvement with this campaign.
    Once again unverified coding seems to be a central feature of the rush to judgements to condemn NHS hospitals.
    However, without accurate coding in the first place we will never be able to manage the reality of the quality of services being provided anywhere.
    It is becoming very clear that the rush to get rid of NHS admin posts has very serious unintended consequences. These back-room experienced staff are doing a vital job in performance monitoring and it would be interesting to know if NHS efficiency savings at Leeds have lead to a reduction in coding capacity which in turn may well have precipitated this massive miscalculation which took place at the very top of the NHS England.
    We not only need to be reassured about the clinical excellence but also about administrative excellence if we are going to avoid future mis- representations and denigration of the NHS.
    There are potential consequences when any re-organisation takes place. in any organisation. Are these potential consequences and associated risks being properly assessed and effectively managed? In my book the jury is still out on these issues as with many more issues involved in the NHS high risk reconfiguration generally.

  3. Men in suits still arguing publicly. Oblivious to the effect on families of children with heart disease needing surgery. Issues complex but facts pretty clear. Appalling behaviour!

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