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Consultation process on closing children’s cardiac surgery services at Brompton Hospital was fair, judges rule

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 20 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2896
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Three Court of Appeal judges have unanimously ruled that the consultation process to decide which hospitals in England should continue to do paediatric cardiac surgery was carried out lawfully.

The ruling is a blow to the Royal Brompton Hospital, which won a High Court judgment last November quashing the consultation on the “Safe and Sustainable” review (BMJ 2011;343:d7275, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7275). The review was set up to reconfigure children’s heart surgery so that operations are done in fewer, more specialised centres.

Under the consultation’s “preferred option” the surgery would no longer be carried out at three centres in London …

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