FEWER than 3,000 people responded to the formal consultation into administrators' plans for the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.
In a press release issued today, trust special administrator Alan Bloom thanked the public for taking part in the consultation over their draft recommendations.
He said since the consultation opened, more than eight weeks ago, administrators had ensured people were able to respond to the proposals in as many ways as possible.
"I would like to thank everyone who has attended a public meeting, written, e-mailed and sent in their consultation response forms," said Mr Bloom. "We are considering these responses in our drafting of our final recommendations.”
During the formal consultation period, he said, administrators had; Spoken to more than 2,600 people at eight public consultation meetings; attended three unofficial meetings, hosted respectively by Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy (in Penkridge), Healthwatch Stoke on Trent and the Health Oversight Scrutiny Committee in Stoke; held more than 20 meetings open to all staff and several with staff from specific clinical areas including paediatrics, maternity, critical care and the surgical assessment unit as well as with staff working in support areas; held over 80 meetings with stakeholder groups like MPs, the Ministry of Defence, local authorities, local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT); Posted more than 50,000 copies of the consultation document and response forms, issued press releases and placed adverts in the local papers to keep the public informed of the process.
The administrators website www.tsa-msft.org,uk has received more than 14,900 hits since it launched and 5,800 during the consultation period itself.
The consultation period closed at midnight on October 1. The final recommendations will now be delivered to Monitor on October 22, with the regulator then responsible for publishing the report and passing it to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to make a decision by the end of the year on the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Bloom said: "We are delighted to say that we have received in total over 2,800 responses, which we will consider along with the issues raised at the numerous meetings that we have attended during the consultation period.