IT IS vital that as many people as possible respond to the consultation on Stafford and Cannock hospitals, writes Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy.
Although I have had some people say to me that “it is a done deal”, this is not the case.
In February, after the first report to Monitor had proposed that Stafford should no longer have emergency, acute or maternity services, some said that Stafford would become a “cottage hospital”.
The current proposals, while far from adequate, are nothing like that.
I believe that this is as a result of the clear arguments which we have put over in the campaign led by Support Stafford Hospital.
The main points which I shall be making in my response are (in brief ):
Maternity - Removing the highly rated childbirth service at Stafford makes no sense and deprives women of the choice to have their baby locally.
The numbers of children being born here are climbing again and should exceed 2,000 per annum shortly.
With new homes being built and the expansion of MOD Stafford, numbers will continue to rise;
Paediatrics (children’s) services - Changing from a 24/7 to 14/7 Paediatric Assessment Unit and the removal of in-patient services greatly reduces the quality care available locally to children, especially at night.
It also makes access to these services much more difficult for parents, particularly those who rely on public transport;
Critical care - Maintaining critical care at level three in this highly-regarded unit is vital for the regional critical care infrastructure;
A&E - I wish to propose a night-time urgent care service at the hospital to take all but the most serious cases; also to understand which and how many serious emergency surgery cases would not be handled by the A&E;
Surgical Admissions Unit - This handles much more than emergency surgery and is vital for the effective running of Stafford hospital.
A copy of my full response will shortly be available from firstname.lastname@example.org.