STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy says a vote by doctors has raised “serious concerns” about the plans for Stafford Hospital.
Those concerns will be passed on to the Secretary of State but the head of Stafford and Surrounds CCG said the vote proved doctors supported the plans.
Mr Lefroy said he was disappointed after doctors snubbed a vote on plans for Stafford Hospital.
Nearly three quarters of the borough’s doctors didn’t vote on the plans which will see Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust dissolved and services diverted from Stafford.
The turnout from Stafford and Surrounds CCG for the vote organised by Mr Lefroy and three other MPs was 27.44 per cent.
Of those 19 agreed with the plans for the hospital with six saying they disagreed; 19 agreed with plans for Cannock Hospital with four disagreeing.
Only 13.9 per cent of Cannock’s doctors voted in the anonymous ballot. Of those 10 agreed with the proposals for Cannock Hospital with six saying they didn’t agree.
The same number – 10 – said they agreed with plans for Stafford Hospital while seven disagreed.
Overall doctors voted my more than two to one – 29 to 13 - to agree with the plans for Stafford Hospital.
The vote was more decisive for plans for Cannock Hospital with nearly three times as many agreeing – 29 to 10.
Mr Lefroy said: “There are serious concerns among GPs about the proposals that need to be taken into account. We asked GPs if they wished to outline specifics areas for comment on a strictly confidential basis. We are going through those submissions at the moment and will send the details of those to the Secretary of State and the CCGs very shortly.”
Andy Donald, chief officer of Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase CCGs, said: “The turn out across both Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups was 25 per cent and the majority of respondents were in favour of the TSA’s recommendations.
“We note the low turnout and ballot results. We are pleased that the result has confirmed that overall as we have said throughout the process, there is a GP consensus that the TSA’s recommendations should be supported.
“Subject to the Secretary of State’s approval of the TSA report, it is hoped now that we can work with our communities and the health economy to get the best services possible for the communities of Stafford and Cannock in which we serve.”