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Online petition calls for referendum over Stafford Hospital's future

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 01, 2013

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A STAFFORD campaigners has called on the people of the town to stand up for their hospital and say no to Monitor.


Speaking in response to the announcement by the healthcare regulator it was starting the process of putting Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust into administration Rolfe Pearce called for a local referendum to decide the hospital's future and urged people to sign an online petition supporting his call to arms.

"Monitor is a government quango, it is not a watchdog," said Mr Pearce. "It exists to enact the NHS bill, one of the most fiercely opposed pieces of legislation in recent history.

"Without this bill this would not be happening to Stafford Hospital. 

"We can all make a significant difference by calling for a Local referendum in the May elections, by signing this online petition."

Mr Pearce's petition, directed towards the Department of Health calls for a local referendum to 'stop the downgrade of Stafford and Cannock hospitals.

It says: "The People of Stafford and Cannock can Change the way the NHS is run by standing up and saying no for a change.  

"We who sign this petition call on the Politicians of Stafford and Cannock to allow the local people to have a say about the planned changes to the NHS services locally through a constituency wide referendum.

"If the vote in the referendum is won to stop the downgrades to Stafford and Cannock Hospitals Monitor and the Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning group must reverse current planning to reflect the will of the local people and reinstate the Hospitals fully, by commissioning services and bringing services back to ensure the viability of the Hospital and its local services.

"Monitor can be forced to change their minds, they have to consult with the local community and nothing would be more effective than a Local Referendum to get them to reverse their decisions."

You can sign the petition here.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 19 2013, 6:13PM

    Now 2300 get your friends to sign

  • Foundationless  |  March 11 2013, 11:50PM

    Stafford has had an acute hospital since 1765 so the concept that the people here need access to acute treatment is not novel. At medical school they teach about the golden hour - the time needed to be gotten to hospital and stabilised beyond which chances of survival dramatically fall. The number of people who will die due to their journey's taking an extra 20-25 minutes to Stoke or Wolverhampton in heavy traffic, when they could be treated in Stafford in 5-10 will never be written down, enquired over or reported. It will be many though. Remember this and voice your opinion before another housing estate blights this bit of land where actually rather a lot of people did rather a lot of good work which has not been talked about much at all. Once the hospital is gone you will not see another here again and needless to say neither will you see Monitor 'watching out for your safety'.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 10 2013, 11:50AM

    Now the petition is at 1800 its groowing sign today and tell your friends

  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 08 2013, 3:06PM

    Now its 1500 have signed so add your signature today http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44998

  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 07 2013, 1:03PM

    1100 have signed the petition so far we need over 40,000 to make it happen so tell all of your friends

  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 03 2013, 4:35PM

    As Monitor now plans to hold a public consultation we must make sure that the only message they get is CHANGE YOU DECISION AND KEEP STAFFORD AND CANNOCK HOSPITAL

  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 01 2013, 7:46PM

    Please if you read this sign the petition, and remember to tell all of your friends. Monitor by LAW have to consult with the local population before making changes. Remember that much of the decision making so far has been behind closed doors, with NO CONSULTATION WHATEVER, it is therefor clear that we can no longer as a town trust this government quango to do what is best for the people of Stafford, it is clearly doing what it thinks is best to enact the NHS Bill and to justify their given position to enact government policy by using their new powers to break up the NHS services locally. Stafford Hospital is vulnerable not because of its past, its vulnerable because of the NHS BILL and privatisation plans, death by a thousand tenders, totally unthinkable before the NHS bill came into law.