STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy is urging people to come to the first meeting of a new working group set up to discuss the future of healthcare services locally.
Mr Lefroy formed the group last week in response to news independent regulator Monitor were stepping in to solve the cash crisis and the decision by local commissioners to not reopen Stafford Hospital’s A&E department.
The group will meet for the first time on Monday at 7.30pm at Trinity Church, Mount Street, Stafford and anyone is welcome to attend.
Mr Lefroy said: “As I said last week, it is vital that we make the strongest possible case for emergency, acute and elective services at Stafford and Cannock hospitals.”
Both Councillor Mike Heenan, leader of Stafford Borough Council and councillor Jack Kemp, labour leader on the council have already signalled their intent to join the group as well as representatives for Cure the NHS, Support Stafford Hospital, Stafford Labour Party and a significant number of members of the public.
“I want the group to be entirely non-political and to be simply aiming to achieve the best result for the people of Stafford, Cannock and the surrounding areas which depend on our hospitals,” said Mr Lefroy. “That is why I am so pleased that various political parties, groups and individuals have shown an interest and confirmed their involvement.”
He said anyone else wishing to join the group could contact him at email@example.com or just turn up at the meeting on Monday night.
“Anyone who can’t make it on Monday shouldn’t worry, I will be making sure that there will be numerous opportunities for everyone to get involved."