AS RESIDENTS hold their breath in anticipation of next week’s final report by Stafford Hospital administrators, one health campaigner has called on people to take ownership of the future of healthcare services in the county town.
Ahead of Wednesday’s long-awaited publication of the final report by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust’s special administrators, Support Stafford Hospital campaigner Diana Smith told the Newsletter she hoped the people of the town’s voices had been heard.
“In the many months since Monitor kicked off this process the context has changed,” said Mrs Smith.
“To begin with we were singled out, in a way that was never appropriate.
“Now following the publication of the Keogh Report it is clear that Stafford is being seen of part of a much wider issue about the future of the health service.
“Changes are taking place across the country.”
Mrs Smith said, despite having been closer to the process than most, she had no idea what the content of the final report would say.
“I expect that there will be change,” she said. “I hope that the TSA will have operated on the simple principle of doing what must be done in specialist hospitals and doing what can be done as locally as possible.
“I will be pleased to see recommendations to devote the necessary resources to making prevention and integration work and to make Stafford a beacon of good practice for the future. I hope that the TSA have listened well enough to make any further challenge unnecessary.”
She said the hospital and its staff needed ‘peace to get on with their work’.
“Whatever happens next week - it is just a stage in the journey,” she said. “This community now uniquely owns its health process.
“We can use that well in the future.”