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Parents fury as future of city's children's heart unit is thrown into doubt
11:47am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
Hampshire parents have spoken of their fury after the future of Southampton’s children’s heart unit was thrown into dout today.
It comes after a High Court judge ruled that the Department for Health review of heart services across the country was flawed.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, sitting in London, said the consultation process was''unfair and procedurally flawed'' .
It comes after a campaign group Save Our Surgery (S0S), launche legal action trying to stop the proposed closure of the heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
It was one of a number of units proposed for closure following the controversial review which saved the Southampton unit.
More than 250,000 people backed a Daily Echo Have A Heart campaign to keep the city’s unit, one of the best in the country, open.
Hampshire mum Deb Banyard, mum of seven year old Cora who is under the care of doctors at Southampton said she was “angry beyond words,” at this morning's ruling which found the national review of the units was flawed.
The judge is now due to make recommendations later in the months that could include ordering another review.
Mrs Banyard said: “This is now getting beyond ridiculous. I am so angry I cannot tell you.
"This process has just turned into an exercise in finger pointing and point scoring."