STAFFORD’S MP has called for a meeting with the country’s new NHS boss to discuss the future of maternity and children’s services.
Simon Stevens became head of NHS England earlier this month. Jeremy Lefroy has already written to him to request a chance to discuss the way forward for maternity and paediatric services – two areas of concern in Stafford as campaigners fight against the downgrading of services at the town’s hospital.
Mr Lefroy said: “I have heard that Mr Stephens appreciates the importance of local maternity and paediatric services and how they are valued by communities across England, not least here in Stafford.
“I would like the opportunity to share our experience with Mr Stevens as his organisation begins its review of our consultant-led maternity services.
“It is a critical time for the NHS. What happens in Stafford is likely to be repeated in many other district general hospitals around the country.
“As the local MP, I have a responsibility to ensure that Mr Stevens is fully aware of why we believe so strongly in the importance of these local services.”