STAFFORD’S MP said it was vital the town’s hospital retains emergency, acute and elective services in the wake of news healthcare regulator Monitor had called in a special administrator to run the trust.
In a joint statement Stone MP Bill Cash and Stafford’s Jeremy Lefroy called the news ‘very disappointing’ but stressed the priority must be to fight to retain services at Stafford Hospital.
“This is a very disappointing decision,” said Mr Lefroy. “However, it reflects the fact that there have been significant and ongoing losses at the Trust.
“The absolute key point here is that the administrators must ensure Stafford remains a hospital with emergency, acute and elective services, these are vital for the people of Stafford and Cannock.”
Mr Lefroy said he would be seeking an urgent meeting with the administrator when appointed and will be stressing the need to retain services.
“A number of months ago I established the working group into the hospital and I have been heartened by the amount of people from across many spheres in Stafford willing to come forward and work together to fight for the hospital.”
For the second time in seven days Mr Cash called on the leader of the House of Commons for an urgent debate on the floor of the house and in Government time on the Francis Report.
Both Mr Lefroy and Mr Cash have signed an Early Day Motion calling for the resignation of NHS chief executive David Nicholson following the report.
Mr Cash said it was an ‘absolute disgrace’ there had been no debate so far and said the Francis Report was of direct relevance to every constituency and the NHS as a whole.