AN MP has called for the sudden suspension of children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary to be scrutinised and the unit re-opened as soon as possible.

John Healey has written to Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, urging him to step in following the controversial move on March 28.

“The mortality rates data which led to the closure does not seem to have been ready for release, or to be a suitable basis for such an important decision,” said Mr Healey.

He called for the disputed data to be scrutinised, the closure decision investigated and “everything possible done to see the children’s heart unit at Leeds re-opened as soon as possible.”

He added: “This unit is highly valued by families from Rotherham and Barnsley and, for those whose children are being treated there, having to wait longer for surgery or travel many miles away to another hospital will be very upsetting during an already difficult time.”