JEREMY Lefroy MP has said he will do everything he can to make the case full maternity, paediatric, critical care and A&E services are ‘vital’ for the people of Stafford.
Mr Lefroy said he was unsurprised by news healthcare regulator Monitor had rubber-stamped administrator’s proposals for Stafford Hospital and passed them to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt.
“The decision by Monitor was expected,” he said. “They only had the power to accept or refuse the administrator’s proposals and I am grateful that the chief executive of Monitor, Dr David Bennett, met with me earlier this week to discuss my concerns.”
“The Secretary of State has the power to require the administrators to vary their report if he feels it does not meet any of his tests as set down in the legislation, including securing the essential services demanded by local commissioners and offering good value for money. Since the start of this process, I have been in regular contact with the Secretary of State and over the next few days and weeks I will be doing all I can to make the case for the essential services that are vital for the people of Stafford.
“They are full maternity, paediatric, A & E and critical care services.
“We want a 24 hour emergency service at Stafford,” said Mr Lefroy. “Ideally that would be an A&E but there’s no reason why Stafford can’t take this opportunity to look at other more innovative options.”