22 October 2012
Following an announcement today by the Department of Health that Jeremy Hunt has requested a review into the Safe and Sustainable decision, a spokesperson for Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are delighted to hear that the Secretary of State for Health has asked for a full review of the Safe and Sustainable review of children's congenital heart services.
"We hope that this new review offers a real chance to reconsider the significant damage to patient care that will result if children’s heart surgery and intensive care are removed from Royal Brompton Hospital. The Trust’s world class congenital heart disease services and specialised respiratory services for children would be unable to continue.
“We look forward to a thorough review of all the facts, in a truly independent context, and will of course co-operate fully with the Independent Reconfiguration Panel."
You can read news articles about the announcements from The Times
and the Evening Standard
Update 19 March 2013
Following the outcome of the judicial review by a Leeds charity into the Safe and Sustainable consultation, the IRP will now publish its report at the end of April 2013, not the end of March as previously planned.
See our statement regarding the Leeds decision