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