Royal Brompton is accused of putting “a spanner in the works” of reorganising children’s heart services by premature legal action

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 20 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2220
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Royal Brompton Hospital in London was accused this week of “putting a spanner in the works” of a much needed reorganisation of children’s heart services in England by launching legal action prematurely.

The claim came as the battle over proposals to close the children’s heart surgery unit at the Royal Brompton as part of a plan to concentrate services in fewer centres doing more operations reached the Court of Appeal in London.

As part of a nationwide exercise, the NHS’s Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts …

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