STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy has responded to reports independent regulator Monitor has stepped in to deal with the mounting cash crisis at the trust which runs Stafford Hospital.
Mr Lefroy said: “Maintaining high quality emergency and acute services for patients in Stafford Hospital must be the starting point for the review announced by Monitor today.”
Mr Lefroy said it was vital that services provided by both Stafford and Cannock Hospitals were sustainable.
“We face, as do many midsized acute hospitals around the country, the challenge of providing a broad range of top quality services locally within the national tariff,” he said. “However, I believe that Stafford and Cannock can show the way about how this can be done without major cuts and at the same time improving the range and quality of services available locally.
“To do so will need more cooperation with our neighbouring hospitals and closer integration with community health services, which has already started.”
Mr Lefroy added he would be setting his views out clearly to Monitor on behalf of his constituents and urged as many people as possible to write and let them know how they see the future of Stafford and Cannock hospitals.