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Monitor decides hospital future

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy admitted he was nervous today as he waited to find out the future of Stafford Hospital.

Health watchdog Monitor is currently reviewing services at the hospital and was yesterday expected to make a decision on which services would remain at the town hospital.

In December Monitor declared Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust “unsustainable”.

Mr Lefroy said: “The timetable has been reduced by a month. I’m expecting things to move quickly whatever they recommend. This is an incredibly important decision for the people of Stafford and I hope they make the right decision.

“The absolute key is for Stafford to retain its intensive care unit (ICU). If you have that all the other things are possible - emergency, acute care. Without an ICU nothing like that can happen and you may end up doing the fairly minor stuff.” The news of the decision comes as Stafford and Stone MPs Jeremy Lefroy and Bill Cash called for Sir David Nicholson, the head of the NHS, to resign.

Mr Lefroy said : “What people want to see and what I want to see is responsibility. Robert Francis said he didn’t want a witch hunt and I completely agree. However we have chief executives of trusts around the country taking responsibility or being forced out where there have been problems and yet it’s not happening at the top of the NHS.

“If I were him I would step down, I would take responsibility. It’s a sign of leadership to do so.”

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