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Report could be Stafford Hospital's death knell

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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A HEALTH campaigner fears the forthcoming Francis Report will sound the death knell for Stafford Hospital.

Rolfe Pearce, who was instrumental in launching a petition to save the town hospital, said the report would be positive for the National Health Service but could be bad news for the town hospital.

“If there are any issues with the NHS which need to be reorganised and restructured to make it more accountable and more capable that’s got to be a positive thing.

"However, I’m absolutely convinced they are going to use this report as an excuse to downgrade Stafford Hospital and close Cannock Hospital,” he said.

He predicted the hospital’s services will be split and divided among the public and private sector.

“There will be a certain amount of services privatised then there will be a certain amount of the business divided between North Staffordshire and Wolverhampton. Stafford Hospital will remain as a facility under the wing of one of the two.

“The Francis report is going to do good things for the NHS – it’s going to make people stand up and be accountable," said Mr Pearce. "In the past people running the NHS were not accountable.

"Everybody involved in Stafford Hospital has gone on to other jobs.

"It’s absolutely outrageous these deaths happened and nothing was done about it," he said. "Whatever comes out of the Frances report will be a positive thing as long as it’s not used as a whipping stick for all the good things happening at the hospital.”

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 10 2013, 5:00PM

    What have you done Same Dale to stop the downgrade of Stafford Hospital and save it for the WHOLE of the community??

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 10 2013, 4:58PM

    This government has passed a top down reform bill of the NHS and it needs someone to practice on. Unlike Sam Dale I have read from cover to cover the NHS bill and everything that I have outlined is perfectly possible under the new powers emanating from this bill. The Newsletter has already reported that the new local Clinical Comissioning group will be not asking Stafford Hospital to provide some of its services which means that services will be sent elsewhere. The County Council has already told us that services will be moved from Hospitals into the community meaning that more cash will be starved from the Hospital and these are the two MAIN funders for Stafford Hospital. So logically it means that Mid Staffs will be downgraded and broken up despite all the rhetoric from MP's and local politicians to the contrary.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 10 2013, 4:53PM

    This is the same Rolfe Pearce who is still a member of the Labour Party who resigned as chairman of the Haywoods and Hixon Labour party over the potential for Labours Campaign to leave the Hospital vulnerable to downgrade, and also the same Rolfe Pearce who will be campaigning against HS2 which will be coming a few meters from my back door which is also a Labour party and Conservative party policy. So you are wrong, the Labour Party did not kick me out in fact they asked me not to resign.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 08 2013, 1:45PM

    Is this the same Rolf Pearce that was kicked out of the Labour Party for posting an abusive video about the lady who blew the whistle on the hospital?http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-15832316

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