STAFFORD’S MP made an impassioned plea that Stafford Hospital remain a district general hospital after an expert team called the trust which runs it ‘unsustainable in its current form’.
Jeremy Lefroy, who has campaigned for the future of trouble-stricken Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said Stafford Hospital must continue to offer emergency and acute services, after the announcement by Monitor’s expert team.
"However the NHS proposes to organise Stafford and Cannock hospitals in the future, both hospitals are essential to our communities and must continue to offer as many services locally as possible, including emergency and acute services,” said Mr Lefroy.
He said a working group he had formed to look into the review the expert team were carrying out had already shown the need for those services in the catchment area served by the hospitals would continue to increase in the coming years as the number of people aged 75 and over doubles by 2035 and number over 60 rises by more than 50 per cent.
Mr Lefroy said Monitor had acknowledged the ‘substantial improvements’ made by the trust in quality of service in the past three years but said there was much more work to do.
“But the good work must be built on,” he said. “I firmly believe that it is possible to overcome the financial and clinical difficulties identified without damaging this good work.”
He said he looked forward to a positive solution from Monitor in the New Year that would benefit the people of Stafford, Cannock and the whole of the county.