STAFFORDSHIRE'S county council leader has accused administrators at Stafford Hospital of 'failing to meet their remit' and warned their plans risk 'shifting' financial burdens onto neighbouring trusts.
Following the announcement healthcare regulator Monitor had given administrators an additional 40 days to agree with commissioners and providers how services would be funded in their future under their plans, councillor Philip Atkins reiterated his warning their plans threatened to leave a financial gap risking future instability.
“We have made our concerns on the future funding sustainability absolutely clear and in our opinion the trust special administrator has failed to meet its own remit," he said.
“Instead of addressing the wider impact on the whole of the county of Staffordshire, these proposals will simply see the burden shifted to other trusts."
Mr Atkins - who previously called for the creation of a single trust in the county delivering integrated health and social care in hospitals, in the community or at home - said any restructure must deliver a safe and sustainable NHS for the people of Staffordshire.
"I am pleased the administrators have been given more time to make sure the sums add up," he said.
Staffordshire County Council, which took on the remit of public health in April and established the county’s Health and Wellbeing Board, has also raised concerns about the removal of maternity services from Stafford Hospital and has called for a midwife led unit to be set-up.