Statement from the Staffordshire and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Joint Clinical Commissioning Group.
"Today the Trust Special Administrator (TSA) for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust submitted their recommendations to Monitor, the sector regulator for health services in England. We acknowledge that the TSA have had a difficult but necessary task in putting together a set of proposals that are clinically sustainable for the future.
We also recognise what a very difficult process this has been for every stakeholder involved, not least the staff, who work at the Trust and those patients who use their services and the population of Stafford and Cannock as a whole. On September 30th we wrote to the TSA raising our concerns about the draft proposals, clearly stating that we as commissioners would not support any recommendations that would leave us with a multi-million pounds debt.
However the updated report made public today clearly addresses the clinical concerns we raised, and the proposal to provide our health economy with the financial support to deliver the sustainable clinical model is both absolutely essential and welcome.
This will mean that the health economy can work together to create stability for patients, public and the staff, and we as CCGs, will need to commission differently in building a health system for the future.
In the interim both CCG’s will be working closely with the TSA and the Trust to ensure the provision of a safe, quality health care system that in the short term is facing significant issues as we head into the busy winter period."