16 March 2011
Members of the London Assembly today unanimously condemned recommendations to stop children’s heart surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital and agreed to write to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley requesting he rethink the proposals.
The chair of the Assembly will write to the Secretary of State after hearing today how the loss of the hospital's paediatric cardiac surgery unit will threaten patients living with a range of serious heart and lung conditions.
Last month, the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts proposed a reconfiguration of children’s heart services in England. The JCPCT recommended closure of Royal Brompton's unit, despite an assessment report that gave the hospital a weighted score of joint fourth out of ten.
A Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “We believe the recommendations put forward for consultation by the JCPCT are fundamentally flawed and very much welcome this backing from the Assembly.”
Victoria Borwick, Assembly Member, who proposed the motion, said: "This specialist unit at the Royal Brompton has saved the lives of so many children in London and continues to be a vital service for many families.
"This is the only centre in London that offers cradle to adulthood care for people with serious heart and lung problems. Closing it defies all logic and would have grievous and far-reaching consequences."
Read the London Assembly's press release and watch the webcast of Victoria Borwick AM proposing the motion (begins at 2h 6m).
Visit The Brompton Fountain's website to read about their campaign to prevent this closure.