STAFFORD Hospital administrators have admitted they had not produced formal risk assessments over their plans to move vital services from the county town to neighbouring towns.
In the latest of a series of formal consultation meetings on recommendations for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, administrators faced more angry questions from campaigners fighting to save services which could be stripped from Stafford if plans go through, with many complaining their questions went unanswered.
Helen Simkins said she had asked on a number of occasions to see details of the risk assessments the administrators had done over their proposals to move services like maternity and in-patient paediatric care to University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
“I would like to see your risk register which I have now asked for on a number of occasions,” she said.
Joint administrator Hugo Mascie-Taylor said the administrators had not produced a risk register and instead had chosen to take expert advice from sources like the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
“If you have written a proposal about moving services, you have to do a risk assessment,” said Ms Simkins.
“It’s absolutely disgusting to say you haven’t got one, you should have damn well done one.”
Professor Mascie-Taylor asked Ms Simkins if she would be prepared to share the work she had done risk rating the proposals.
“I will give you a risk register,” she said. “But you’re not going to like it.”
Another meeting held in Penkridge was organised by Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy for the people of South Staffordshire attended by the administrators, the meeting and chaired by Team Rector of Penkridge, Greg Yerbury.
Mr Yerbury told the Newsletter the meeting had been “a little tense at times”.
But, he said, the anger expressed had not reached the levels of the meetings in Stafford.