The Royal Brompton Hospital has lost its Appeal Court challenge over consultations that led to a proposal to close its children's heart surgery unit.
Here are some extracts from a statement released by the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust following the judgement:
“We remain convinced that there is a vital role for specialist cardiac and respiratory care for children and older patients to be fully integrated in a specialist Trust such as ours, which works with the significant research power of our partner Imperial College. We remain convinced that our highly respected services for patients in England and Wales will be harmed if our unit is dismantled."
“We regret that resources have had to be diverted to this legal case, but when serious assaults are made on patient care, when internationally acclaimed clinical teams are effectively put on notice, when groundbreaking research teams who may be on the cusp of a significant breakthrough in cystic fibrosis tell us their research will not be possible... then drastic measures are called for.
"We had to fight to protect the needs of patients - now and in the future. What better cause is there than the health of vulnerable children?”