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Royal Brompton children's heart surgery unit to close

The children's heart surgery unit at a top London hospital is facing closure because of an act of "bureaucratic vandalism", the High Court has heard.

Alan Maclean QC made the accusation on behalf of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

It is seeking a judicial review against what has been described as a "deeply flawed and unlawful" consultation process.

The hospital in Chelsea says closing the department would put the viability of the whole hospital at risk.

Jane Hughes reports.

  • 28 Sep 2011
  • From the section Health