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Royal Brompton Hospital challenges decision to close its heart surgery unit

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6275
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The children’s heart surgery unit at one of the UK’s leading hospitals is set for closure in “an act of bureaucratic vandalism,” the high court in London has been told.

The accusation by Alan Maclean QC, counsel for the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, came as the trust opened its legal challenge to a decision to recommend shutting the unit at the Royal Brompton in London.

The trust is seeking a judicial review of the conclusion in the Safe and Sustainable consultation on children’s cardiac surgery services that proposes reducing the three services in London …

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