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Stafford Labour candidate calls for by-election to debate fate of town's hospital

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

Stafford Labour candidate Kate Godfrey calls for by-election

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STAFFORD Labour candidate Kate Godfrey is calling on the town’s MP Jeremy Lefroy to step down and trigger a by-election so that local people can have their say on the future of Stafford Hospital.

Ms Godfrey claims that holding a by-election before the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is due to dissolve in November would make Westminster sit up and listen to local concerns about the controversial shake-up of health services in Staffordshire.

“With three months to go before trust dissolution, it’s time for Jeremy Lefroy to admit that his government don’t listen to him, won’t listen to him, and are as hellbent on downgrading our hospital as ever,” Ms Godfrey said.

“The 250,000 patients who use Stafford Hospital each year suspect this has been a done deal since the Health Secretary sent in the TSA. And yet, Mr Lefroy has one last chance to put the hospital before his government.”

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She said that a by-election would be an opportunity to debate not only the future of Stafford Hospital, but also other changes to the NHS, including the potential outsourcing of cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire in a £1.2 billion contract.

‘With the 2015 election to be fought above all on the NHS, this is a fight - and a constituency - that the government can’t afford to lose,” Ms Godfrey added.

“Trigger a by-election now, and Mr Lefroy could win a reprieve not just for Stafford Hospital, but for all of the hospitals scheduled for downgrade between now and the election.

“For a long time now, he has said that he values Stafford hospital above his job. Let him show it, and by stepping down, step up for Stafford and the NHS.”

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  • Andy54  |  August 10 2014, 5:12PM

    Common sense to do so. This is the best chance we will have to stop the theft of our services that are going now for some under the guise of safety created by deliberately running the hospital into the ground. It would also give us all a laugh seeing the Tory's trying to defend the criminal way in which they have destroyed the hospital.

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