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Stafford MP welcomes "positive" meeting on future of hospital

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed a "positive" meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the future of Stafford Hospital.

The meeting followed a request by Mr Lefroy to debate the transition process and the implementation of the Trust Special Administrators proposals for Stafford Hospital.

"I made clear my position that we need to retain a 24/7 A&E at Stafford with a 24/7 paediatric service alongside, and that I would continue to campaign for this," Mr Lefroy said.

"Mr Hunt understood my position, although he pointed out that it was not supported by the TSA or the CCG."

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He added: "For the first time, we were able to get most of the major agencies involved in the process together and a number of issues were thrashed out.

"I have some serious concerns about the current transition process and I made them very clear. It is vital that we continue to put pressure on behalf of the people of Stafford, to ensure that Stafford hospital keeps all of the services that it was promised in the TSA's proposals."

The meeting at the Department of Health also involvedProfessor Hugo Mascie Taylor, trust special administrator, David Flory, chief executive, of the NHS Trust Development Authority, Robert Courteney-Harris, medical director, University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Mark Hackett, chief executive of UHNS.

Mr Lefroy said: "I was pleased that UHNS chief executive committed at the meeting to a 'double-lock' principle on services, in that any proposal to move a service from Stafford would firstly have to be agreed by management and staff and then agreed by an external clinical assessment. It is clear that the capacity of the ambulance service to transport patients safely and accessibility of services for all patients must be included in this."

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