A FORMER leading member of Stafford Borough Council’s health scrutiny committee says he is more bothered about maintaining services in north Staffordshire than at the town hospital.
Stone Town Council leader Philip Jones said a letter should be sent to the trust special administrators at under-threat Stafford Hospital asking for assurances that services at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire would not be affected.
The TSA has proposed the hospital should lose its emergency and maternity services among others meaning patients will have to go to other hospitals including (UHNS)
“What I’m concerned about is that the solution to the problem at Stafford Hospital doesn’t impair the services we depend on here in Stone which come from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire,” said Councillor Jones.
“It’s no surprise to me people in Stoke and Newcastle are saying more or less the same thing and Healthwatch in Stoke has suggested there may be a bed shortage in Stoke.
“The plan to save Stafford Hospital is unravelling before our eyes. We should make it quite clear we want to make sure we maintain the services we get from Stoke.”
His comments galvanised support among members for Stafford Hospital.
At a meeting of Stone’s general purposes committee Councillor June Price said: “We have to fight tooth and nail to keep our services at Stafford and this council surely will be one of the groups who are going to say we can’t do without Stafford Hospital and the very thought of that hospital (UHNS) becoming our main hospital is quite worrying because already we are reading in the press they are beginning to feel they can’t cope with the numbers going there. It’s a big worry particularly for the elderly.”
Councillor Ann Tomlinson said: “I can’t understand how they (administrators) get to the position they have. Stafford is supposedly growing not diminishing so it doesn’t make sense. We have got to have the services at Stafford.”
Councillor Margaret Goodall said: “In 2015 we have the soldiers coming back from Germany. Where would they go – and the borough are building houses.”