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Stafford Hospital campaigner take their fight to Downing Street

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

Cannock councillor and prospective parliamentary candidate for Cannock Chase Janos Toth, Diana Smith of Stafford Labour Party, Cheryl Porter of the Support Stafford Hospital Group and Stafford Borough Councillor Anne Hobbs with the 20,000 strong petition

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STAFFORD Hospital Campaigners will take the fight over future of the town’s hospital services to the doors of Prime Minister David Cameron today.

A delegation including Diana Smith of Stafford Labour Party, Cheryl Porter of the Support Stafford Hospital Group, Cannock councillor and prospective parliamentary candidate for Cannock Chase Janos Toth and Stafford Borough Councillor Anne Hobbs are carrying a petition with signatures of more than 20,000 local names to Downing Street.

An accompanying open letter to David Cameron asks the Prime Minister to support the campaign to keep the hospital open and reassure local people who fear the recent decision to extend indefinitely the closure of the A&E department overnight is the first step in a programme to completely downgrade the hospital and possible force its closure.

The letter reads: “We were told in November 2011 that the night time closure of A&E was temporary, but the Clinical Commissioning Group, with no consultation have decided to downgrade provision from A&E to an urgent and emergency care centre.

“Many people from across the country now fear that their district general hospitals are also under threat,” the letter says. “The logic of the commissioning group’s decision indicates that they are right to do so.

“The people of Stafford would like to know if you support their wish to re-open the A&E and if you will give this hospital the support that it needs to offer the service that the people of Staffordshire need and expect.”

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  September 20 2012, 11:06AM

    After sitting on the petition for over a year finally the Local Stafford Labour group desperate to be seeing to be doing something after failing the Hospital miserably and now working together with the Tories to oversee the collapse of public health services in stafford are now scratching around trying to justify their weak and pointless approach of their fatally flawed campaign. Now totally embarrassed by the masterly Tories who have achieved everything they have planned for both locally and nationally the Labour Group have shown exactly how the Stafford Labour group are just a sideshow with no teeth, no real plan, no effective campaign, they just seem to be good at standing in front of a camera looking serious but it all changes nothing.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  September 18 2012, 10:29AM

    Most people in the towns and villages around Stafford are worried in case the A&E is permanently closed. We hope that you can reassure us that it will soon be reopened. Too much interest has been shown to the few people who complain and not enough of the majority who are quite happy with the service that they have had at Stafford hospital. I personally have not been in Stafford hospital as a patient but have never heard a word of complaint from the people, who have been patients in the hospital or had cause to go to A&E.We hope that you listen to the majority and not the minority.