Axing heart surgery at the Brompton would be a crime, says Sir Magdi
7 February 2017 – Evening Standard
Pioneer: Sir Magdi Yacoub says heart surgery should carry on at the Brompton Alex Lentati
One of the world’s most renowned cardiac surgeons today warned it would be a “crime” if NHS chiefs axed services at London’s specialist heart and lung hospital.
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub said the proposals to stop congenital heart surgery for children and adults at the Royal Brompton risked destroying the entire institution.
He said: “The Brompton has been a lead hospital in the world on congenital heart disease. It hurts me a lot to see centres of excellence being shut for convenience, for planning purposes, because it doesn’t fit on a piece of paper somewhere in the ministry.
“When you have a tradition of excellence in one place, please don’t destroy it. It’s very sad to see so-called planners wanting to have ‘optimised services’, saying they don’t like this here and they might put it there.”
Children at Royal Brompton Hospital send Jeremy Hunt Christmas card urging him not to axe heart service
20 December 2016 – Evening Standard
Children being treated at the Royal Brompton hospital have sent a giant Christmas card to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him not to axe the services it provides to people born with chronic heart failure.
The specialist heart and lung hospital, based in Fulham, is one of three across the country earmarked to lose their congenital heart surgery, after new national standards were set on the availability of linked services.
Some of the Brompton’s services are provided in partnership with Chelsea and Westminster hospital. The Brompton is fighting the plans, which it says will have a massive impact on its other work.
The card, signed by hundreds of patients, was delivered to the Department of Health by the Brompton Fountain charity.