SUPPORT Stafford Hospital campaigners have reacted with the shock to the removal of 15 of 19 beds from the hospital’s acute surgical ward.
Campaign group founder Cheryl Porter said she feared that hospital services were “crumbling away.”
“Changes are being made on an ad hoc basis, and the lack of coherent strategic planning is appalling,” she said.
And she accused the Trust Special Administrators (TSA) of failing in their responsibilities.
“They have been brought in to plan change in an orderly manner and work with other trusts across the wider health economy,” she said. “I do wonder what they are doing to earn their money.
“Removing beds from Stafford at short notice is surely going to put pressure on the other hospitals in the wider area.
“Instead they should be looking at how they can support Stafford Hospital’s services and ensure they can remain local and remain safe.
“It feels they are riding roughshod over the views of local people. “
The cuts on Ward 6 are part of a wider programme of reductions, adding up to the loss of 58 beds across the hospital, to ensure that nurses and clinicians are not spread too thinly and staffing levels remain safe.
The four beds remaining on Ward 6 are “level one” acute surgery beds, for patients having major operations, either in an emergency or as elective surgery. Other patients having less serious surgery will now be treated on other wards.