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Transplant Operation (Killingbeck Hospital)

Volume 171: debated on Friday 4 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations have been made by his Department to either the Yorkshire regional health authority or the Leeds eastern authority regarding the recent heart and lung transplant operation performed on a three-year-old boy at Killingbeck hospital, Leeds; and if he will make a statement.

We have drawn the attention of the regional health authority to the Department's policy on the provision of heart transplant services. Our policy, which is based on the advice of the supra-regional services advisory group and the Royal College of Surgeons, is that heart and heart-lung transplantation should be provided within the designated supra-regional units.