Staffordshire NHS leaders are joining Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy today for a top-level meeting over the future of Stafford Hospital, after the MP voiced "strong concerns" about threats to hospital services.
Mr Lefroy is meeting Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the leaders of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Mark Hackett and John McDonald, and the head of the CQC, Professor Sir Mike Richards, plus other NHS leaders.
Mr Lefroy said: "With the support of Stone MP Bill Cash, I wish to discuss in detail the plans for the integration of Stafford Hospital into the larger university trust, in particular the way in which the acute medical services and accident and emergency will operate. We have strong concerns about some of the proposals.
"I will ask when the NHS England review into consultant led maternity is to take place. We both believe that these services at Stafford are vital for women and children. The new head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has pointed out the important role which smaller acute District General Services can play in delivering these services and we agree with him, Stafford can be a great example of how to do this well and safely.
"I will also question the plans for paediatric services. It was our understanding that there would be a period of dual running at Stoke/Wolverhampton and Stafford before changes were made at Stafford, to test the arrangements. Although Bill and I continue to oppose the paediatric proposals, we believe that dual running is essential as we have considerable concerns over capacity and the level of service which can be provided to our constituents."