SECRETARY of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will request Monitor ensure the views of 50,000 Stafford people are taken into account when the final decision is made about the future of the county town’s hospital.
Mr Hunt made the commitment In a letter to Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy, following the presentation to parliament on July 9 of a petition carrying 50, 346 names of local people fighting to save services at Stafford Hospital.
"This issue is the subject of a local consultation exercise, led by the trust special administrators (TSAs) at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust,” he writes. “I (Jeremy Hunt) am asking Monitor, which appointed the TSAs, to ensure that the views of the petitioners are taken into account when making their decision."
Mr Lefroy said he had been proud to present the petition to Parliament.
“I am pleased that the Secretary of State has asked Monitor to take such a considerable petition into account and I continue to make the point in Westminster, in Stafford and wherever else I need to, that Stafford Hospital not only deserves but vitally needs its maternity, paediatric and acute services.”