THE Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is on a collision course with health secretary Andrew Lansley over NHS reform.
Under the plans, children's heart surgery at the Royal Brompton would no longer continue, with the paediatric cardiac surgery earmarked for decommission.
Harefield Hospital, in Hill End Road, the Royal Brompton's partner, is recognised by experts as being one of the world's leading hospitals for heart surgery.
The Trust are fighting the plans, describing them as 'fundamentally flawed'. Last week they received backing from the London Assembly.
Victoria Borwick, Assembly Member who proposed the motion to condemn the plans, said: "This specialist unit at the Royal Brompton has saved the lives of so many children in London and continues to be a vital service for many families. The proposal to close it has come at the eleventh hour, with no medical reasoning to support it.
"This is the only centre in London that offers cradle to adulthood care for people with serious heart and lung problems. Closing it defies all logic and would have grievous and far-reaching consequences."