Heart charity 'horrified' by cost of legal challenge

The Children's Heart Federation charity has said it is "horrified" by the bill run up by the Royal Brompton Hospital, in its courtroom battle with another NHS body.

The hospital had challenged a consultation by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts, which had proposed closing the children's heart unit at the Royal Brompton.

The charity has urged other hospitals not "to waste this level of money on further legal action".

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Royal Brompton Loses Appeal

The Court of Appeal has decided that NHS consultations over the future of children's heart services were lawful. The Royal Brompton Hospital launched a legal challenge, after the review led to proposals that their kids' heart unit should be closed.