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Stafford health leaders "vilified" on Twitter

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

Andy Donald: "vilified" on Twitter

Andy Donald: "vilified" on Twitter

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STAFFORD health leaders say they face a barrage of abuse on Twitter when they try to discuss health issues facing the town.

They are calling for a “mutually respectful relationship” concentrating on issues, not insults.

“The reason we do this job is to make a difference for the people we serve,” Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group chief executive Andy Donald told civic leaders.

“It is unfortunate that we are vilifed by the people we come in contact with on social media.

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“We are not always going to agree, but we are trying to do our best as public servants for the population we serve.”

He told the borough council’s health scrutiny committee that the CCG was looking at how it could develop its use of social media and other ways of debating health proposals and future priorities with the members of the public and community groups to create a more constructive debate.

“At the moment, when we tweet anything we just get a flood of abuse from the same five or six people,” he added.

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  • unigrind  |  July 12 2014, 8:59AM

    I read in the E & S (Friday 11th July) that 60 beds are to be closed at Stafford as a 'temporary' measure because of staff shortages. The same statement was made when A & E hours were reduce. Perhaps my earlier comment about closure in about 4 years was being over optimistic.

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  • unigrind  |  July 11 2014, 9:31AM

    Attacks of a personal nature are totally wrong as all Andy Donald is doing is the bidding of the Department of Health. I do wish however that he came clean and admitted that the future of Stafford Hospital is very bleak, The continual statements appearing in the various local papers about shortage of staff, cost of moving to Stoke and safety may be true but are, in my opinion made to prepare the people of Stafford and surrounds for the news, probably in about 4 years time when the handover money ceases to be paid, that Stafford is to close and the land sold off for housing.

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  • GailG  |  July 10 2014, 10:34PM

    I think he's right -a mutually respectful relationship for the benefit of the community is exactly what is needed. May I suggest that a good first step would be to hold an open public meeting so that the CCG can explain exactly what they propose and then the community as a whole (not just those on Twitter) could say what they want from the group supposed to represent them. It's called consultation, it's a legal requirement and it's well overdue.

  • Andy54  |  July 10 2014, 8:12PM

    When he says abuse does he mean people who contradict him and tell him he hasn't the faintest idea and that he is simply carrying out the wishes of the government and couldn't care less about common sence or the people of Stafford.

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