There were proposals to shut down the paediatric heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary, to which thousands of people have protested. Campaigners including parents, MPs and nurses gathered and participated in this protest at city's Millennium Square.
After reviewing the children heart services, in total three facilities were reported to shut down out of which, the paediatric unit at Leeds is one.
According to NHS, they have decided to carry out 10 such units to different areas so that they could be specialized in a particular region. But if something like this happens, then a population of around 14 million people will be forced to travel from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to Newcastle, Liverpool and Birmingham for attaining such sensitive treatments.
There was a march around the Leeds city centre in which demonstrators were given Children's Heart Surgery Fund T-shirts and banners. The messages printed over them read: "SOS Save Our Surgery" and "Don't Break My Heart".
In addition to local residents, MPs that participated in the rally were Hilary Benn, Stuart Andrew, Greg Mulholland and Ed Balls.
A group of nurses also came forward to raise their voices against this proposal saying we are "Proud to deliver gold standard care" and "467 years of combined cardiac nursing experience lost".
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