FURIOUS health campaigners have called on one of Stafford Hospital’s administrators to apologise after he referred to the behaviour as ‘tribal’.
Support Stafford Hospital’s Cheryl Porter said Professor Hugo Mascie Taylor’s comments showed, even after listening to the people of the town in their numbers at consultation meetings, he didn’t know them at all.
“I feel the man doesn’t know us,” she told the Newsletter. “When he says that we are ‘tribal’ and that at the consultation meetings we are attacking University Hospital of North Staffordshire, well that’s just not true.
“It is a fact that we have better services here in Stafford than any where else in the Midlands,” she said. “And in these recommendations we are actually being offered poorer care at the other hospitals we will have to go to instead.”
“We’re not attacking Stoke, we are just standing up for Stafford and that is our right as a town to defend our hospital especially when we are now running an A&E department that is recognised as one of the best in the country.”
“Professor Mascie-Taylor owes us an apology,” she said. “We are not tribal. Saying that we are is like saying we can’t think outside box and that’s just not true.
“We just want the best services for the people of the town.
“And saying we are ‘ungrateful’, well what should we be grateful for? When he says we should be grateful, he means we should shut up, lie down and be grateful for what they are giving us.
“Actually we are only stating facts. If the people that have got the statistics in front of them, as the administrators should have, are ignoring them then it’s up to the campaigners, to those of us who have taken the time to look this stuff up, to point it out to them.
“We don’t attack anyone, we have never attacked anyone. People are just saying what they know is right and is their right to say.
Given the history of the hospital, the people of Stafford deserve some credit for what we have been through really,” she said. “It’s appalling, they have come here to do a job and we need to be able to stand up and fight our corner.