4 July 2012
On Wednesday 4 July, the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) approved a plan to reduce the number of centres offering children’s heart surgery in London from three to two, with specialist heart and lung centre Royal Brompton Hospital, losing out to the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The decision came as part of a national review of paediatric heart services in England.
The closure of the children’s heart surgery unit at Royal Brompton will also damage specialist services for children with cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and other respiratory illnesses because access to an on-site intensive care unit will no longer be possible.
Read our press release regarding the announcement
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