Cardiac care fight for Yorkshire is on hold

A DECISION about the future of specialist children’s cardic care will not be made before the end of the year.

Parents from across Calderdale joined forces with families from across West Yorkshire to keep the specialist care centre at Leeds General Infirmary.

Thousands signed petitions and more than 60,000 people wrote letters asking for as many of the 11 centres to be saved as possible.

The four-month public consulation ended on Friday, but now the decision makers, the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts, say their final decision will be by the end of the year.

Of four options being considered, only one would see the unit stay in Leeds.

Mum Bobbie-Jay Johnson, 22, of Stainland Road, Barkisland, was one of the people who spoke to the Courier about her care at the unit.

She feared her baby Caleb, would have died if the children’s heart surgery centre at Leeds General Infirmary was shut.

She said she “felt sick” when she heard it may be closed.

They had to rush through heavy snow to save their son’s life - and said they would not have made it if they had to go to the next nearest units at Newcastle or Birmingham.

Any changes from the shake up of the units across the UK are expected to come into force in 2013.