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Trust launches legal action to keep children’s heart surgery at Royal Brompton

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1814 (Published 21 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1814
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has launched a High Court challenge to a proposal to stop it doing children’s heart surgery as part of a move to concentrate services in a few large units.

The trust is seeking judicial review of a decision by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts, a committee of NHS specialist commissioners from across England, to go ahead with a consultation on proposals to limit paediatric cardiac surgery in London to two instead of three units, excluding the Royal Brompton Hospital.

The trust argues that the recommended options are “fundamentally …

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