GP LEADERS from North Staffordshire have demanded assurance administrator’s plans for the future of Stafford Hospital will not affect standards in patient care.
Members of North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group met to discuss the draft recommendations for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust which would see a number of services stripped from Stafford Hospital taken over by University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS).
Accountable officer at the CCG Dr David Hughes said the group had been updated regularly by the administrators as they put together their recommendations.
“We’re generally happy that they have made their recommendations based on clear clinical evidence, however the devil is always in the detail, and we intend to study the detail minutely,” he said.
“Our major concern – not just for our patients but also for those in Stafford – is that there is no negative impact on services at UHNS.
“We commission those services and we have made a clear commitment to our patients that we want to see standards driven upwards.”
Dr Hughes said the CCG had formally responded to the draft proposals already and were working closely with UHNS as they developed their reponse.
He said the CCG had formally requested the views of patients from the north of the county were considered by the administrators and not just those in the immediate area served by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.