STAFFORD’S MP has said he is ‘deeply disappointed’ by the content’s of a report recommending ‘a fundamental change’ to healthcare services in the town.
Jeremy Lefroy was speaking in response to the publication of proposals made by regulator Monitor’s Contingency Planning Team.
“None of the three options put forward by the Contingency Planning Team (CPT) provides the emergency, acute and elective services my constituents need,” he said. “I recognise the need for change to ensure that the hospital becomes clinically and financially viable, but the changes proposed by the CPT are not the right solution.
“While it is proposed that some 24/7 emergency and urgent care is delivered at the hospital, under the CPT plans, children would no longer be born at Stafford Hospital and we would lose acute medical and surgical services.
“That would be unacceptable.”
Mr Lefroy said he would be meeting with the Trust Special Administrator (TSA) as soon as they were appointed to make his case and was set to Health Minister Dan Poulter alongside Cannock MP Aidan Burley today to explain his opposition to the plans.
“However, I do welcome the fact the CPT have recognised the demands of the community that both Stafford and Cannock hospitals remain open and operational,” said Mr Lefroy. “Under the proposals the CPT have put forward, 80% of current patients would continue to be treated at Stafford.
“I believe we can improve on this and the report from my working group makes clear that people in Stafford, Cannock and the surrounding areas need local access to emergency and acute services.”
Mr Lefroy said he expected a TSA to be appointed shortly with a formal consultation following on the proposals for restructuring.
“The TSA is obliged to consider all options put forward in that public consultation including those options already ruled out by the CPT,” he said. “I will be making the case as strongly as I possibly can to retain emergency, acute and elective services at Stafford.”
A special meeting of the Stafford Hospital Working Group is scheduled to meet tonight Stafford Elim Christian Centre on Sash Street, Stafford at 7.45pm to consider a response to the report based on the working group’s meetings, sub-group meetings and evidence gathered by the group in addition to previous reports by Professor George Alberti and others.
Once agreed the report will be presented to the TSA as a counter-proposal for the future of the hospital. The meeting is open to all.