4 July 2011
Bob Bell, chief executive of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust comments as the Safe and Sustainable public consultation ends and the Trust publishes its formal response to NHS Specialised Services review into children’s cardiac surgery in England.
"We’ve had an incredibly positive response to the fight against the proposed closure of our paediatric cardiac surgery unit," said Mr Bell.
"In addition to the passionate and unwavering support of our patients, parents and staff who’ve campaigned tirelessly, we’ve welcomed strong backing from MPs and councillors across greater London and beyond, from our referring clinicians and academic partners, from international colleagues and from charities and support groups across the UK.
"And we are not undeserving of this wideranging support. We have not developed our international reputation through luck. The Trust and the staff have the skills, the capacity and the commitment to deliver excellence, and we fully intend to continue doing just that. As our local MP Mr Greg Hands said in the House of Commons on June 23 'Royal Brompton is good enough, large enough and loved enough to survive'.
"Our belief, which is shared by our supporters, is that the review is fundamentally flawed and must not be allowed to progress to implementation. We’ll continue to raise awareness of our campaign and fight against these short-sighted recommendations.
"Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who’s been involved so far and we look forward to your continuing support through the post-consultation period."
Read comments from our frontline staff and statements from medical professionals and well-known supporters.
Read our patient stories.
Read the Trust’s formal response to the Safe and Sustainable consultation.