DOCTORS in the Rugeley and Cannock Chase area are to consult the public on plans to operate reduced hours at the Minor Injuries Unit at Cannock Hospital.
The consultation follows the intervention of members of Staffordshire County Council’s Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee today, who called on Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to hold a four-week public consultation on the hours cut.
The scrutiny committee has been reviewing the proposals in detail since they were submitted as part of the CCG’s operational plans for 2014 to 2016.
Cannock Chase GPs have compiled four options for the future of the minor injuries unit. Their preferred option is for the MIU to operate reduced hours, with support from local .
Chief Officer of Cannock Chase CCG, Andy Donald, said: "It is important to acknowledge that the need to look at alternative arrangements for Cannock Hospital’s MIU is nothing to do with the current service provided by the staff of that unit.
“The team at the MIU do an exceptional job. However, it became clear to us that the service was not being used as it was first envisaged.
“We are determined to work with staff to deliver a vibrant and efficient service, that offers the people of Cannock Chase the care they are deserve, under any new arrangements.
“In accordance with the recommendations of the Staffordshire County Council’s Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee to conduct a four-week consultation with the public over the proposals, the CCG will now produce a full consultation document, outlining the background and context to the proposal, and the ways in which local people and other stakeholders can feed back their views."
The public consultation is set to take place between September 1 and September 28 and more information about ways in which the public can participate will be made available over the coming weeks.