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Doctors snub MPs' vote on hospital plans

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

Doctors snub MPs' vote on hospital plans
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STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy said he was disappointed after doctors snubbed a vote on plans for Stafford Hospital.

Just over a quarter of the borough’s doctors voted on the plans which will see Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust dissolved and services diverted from Stafford.

The turnout from Stafford and Surrounds CCG for the vote organised by Mr Lefroy and three other MPs was 27.44 per cent.

Of those 19 agreed with the plans for the hospital with six saying they disagreed; 19 agreed with plans for Cannock Hospital with four disagreeing.

Only 13.9 per cent of Cannock’s doctors voted in the anonymous ballot. Of those 10 agreed with the proposals for Cannock Hospital with six saying they didn’t agree.

The same number – 10 – said they agreed with plans for Stafford Hospital while seven disagreed.

Overall doctors voted my more than two to one – 29 to 13 - to agree with the plans for Stafford Hospital.

The vote was more decisive for plans for Cannock Hospital with nearly three times as many agreeing – 29 to 10.

Mr Lefroy said: It’s disappointing it’s a low turnout than we would have liked but the main idea behind having the vote was to allow the gps the opportunity to say what they wanted to do.

“It wasn’t compulsory. They have had the opportunity so we are pleased we have been able to do that.”

Andy Donald, chief officer of Stafford and Surrounds CCG, said: “We were told about the ballot by Jeremy Lefroy the night before voting papers went out.

“It wasn’t our ballot, we don’t endorse it and we haven’t spoken to anyone about it. It would have been inappropriate for us to say anything about it. It’s up to each gp.”

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