BARNSLEY MPs are continuing the battle for a review of the way the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary is run.

Dan Jarvis and Michael Dugher said the review gives hope to families in Barnsley who relied on the specialist unit and had been worried it may close.

Plans were announced earlier this year to streamline children's heart services which would mean families from Barnsley having to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for surgery.

Dan Jarvis said: "I am very pleased the appalling decision to close the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds is to be reviewed.

"Whilst this does not guarantee the future safety of the unit, it does at least give some hope to everyone who has been campaigning on behalf of families in the region.

"I hope the Independent Review Panel will take account of the incredibly strong reasons for keeping the unit in Leeds and make the right decision."

Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, also welcomed the decision.

"It seems that ministers are finally listening to the concerns," he said.

"The review that led to the decision to close the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds was clearly flawed and I hope this independent panel will look at all the evidence again and throw out the initial recommendations."