Help fight NHS England's plans to shut congenital heart disease services at Royal Brompton by responding to the consultation

UPDATE: Due to the General Election on 8 June, the consultation period was lengthened and will now run until 17 July. Fill in the consultation form today. Don't miss the chance to make your voice heard! If you need some inspiration about what to write in your respons, just watch our video below. Guidance can also be found below.

We are in the middle of NHS England's public consultation phase on plans to decommission congenital heart disease (CHD) services at Royal Brompton Hospital. If this plan goes ahead it would not just force CHD services to close, but could also close a range of other services – including the children's intensive care unit, the hospital's world-famous CHD research unit and a range of child services including cystic fibrosis and difficult asthma. Over 14,000 patients would be affected.

NHS England say their plans are to improve CHD care standards. But it makes no sense to try and improve standards by closing one of the country’s biggest, safest and most effective services, nor one of the most celebrated research units in the world.

We think these plans are flawed for the following reasons:

  • NHS England cannot explain how their plans would in any way make things better for patients.
  • They have refused to say how much their plans would cost the NHS and tax-payer, though we know it will be many millions of pounds.
  • They have ignored the impact this will have on all the patients affected by the closure of the services other than CHD.
  • They haven’t thought about how closing the world’s leading CHD research unit will impact on future treatments and care standards.
  • They have ignored all the evidence showing that Royal Brompton has already achieved everything they say they want to achieve with their plans.
  • They say their plans are backed by most doctors and patients, but we know this isn’t true.

How you can help

  • Respond to the consultation. This is the best way you can make your views on this issue heard. You can do so by completing the survey on NHS England's website. You can order a paper copy by emailing Nicola Humberstone at NHS England at england.congenitalheart@nhs.net. A number of patients have asked for guidance to respond to the consultation survey – our guide to submitting a consultation, which you can download as a Word Doc or as a PDF, reflects our own position. You can also view a great deal of background information on the Trust’s website. Our Respond to the Consultation Week aims to make responding that little bit easier. We'll provide all the materials you need to respond.
  • Write to your MPagain, if you have already done so – asking them to tell Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, to overrule the plans
  • Donate to our fighting fund
  • Sign up for updates on future campaign activity – email: campaigns@rbht.nhs.uk
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word. Use the hashtag #BromptonPatientsMatter
  • Change your social media profile picture by adding a twibbon to show your support.

Royal Brompton provides some of the UK’s best heart and lung disease care. Don't let NHS England break a beating heart.