Royal Brompton: 'Difficult to try and understand' committee's decision

Bob Bell, chief executive of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"It is very difficult to know what to say at times like these.

"But it is even more difficult to try and understand how this committee could have come to such a decision.

"I will now discuss this decision with the Trust's Board and Governors' Council to determine our next steps. One thing is certain - I will not be asking them for the mandate to manage the destruction of a highly valued and respected children's unit."

– Bob Bell, chief executive of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

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