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Stafford Hospital protesters demand visit from Jeremy Hunt

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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PROTESTERS against the downgrading of Stafford Hospital have written to the secretary of state for health demanding he meets them.”

Members of the Stafford Hospital Protest Camp have written to Jeremy Hunt, the inviting him to Stafford to explain why maternity and paediatric services are moving to Stoke next year.

They reminded Mr Hunt that he promised Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy last month that no services would be transferred without a double lock system which would require the consent of management at Stafford and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire as well as a review of the decision by an independent body.

“This has not happened,” they said in an open letter to Mr Hunt.

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“We demand that you intervene personally to stop this rushed and flawed process. The mantra is patient safety is paramount. University Hospital North Staffordshire simply does not have capacity in place.”

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  • unigrind  |  September 02 2014, 4:54PM

    Unfortunately it won't make a jot of difference who comes to Stafford to meet the protesters because whatever promises of further investigations are made they will be useless because they will be mere repeats of all the broken promises made in the past. It is clear from the actions of the Hatchet man from the UHNS that he wants Stafford closed as soon as possible because he needs the money that UHNS will get when all services are transferred to help service his debts. I wrote sometime ago that I firmly believe that whatever seems morally right and sensible that Stafford has a life span of 4 years at the most. It doesn't matter that the Army are coming with however many thousands of adults and children who may need a local hospital, the facts are simple, the decision has been made whether it is admitted or not. I hope to hell I am wrong.

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