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'We will not shoulder 'multi-million' pound debt', say Stafford's GP leaders

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 22, 2013

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DOCTOR leaders in Stafford have refused to accept any proposals by administrators at the town’s hospital that would leave them ‘with a multi-million pound debt’.

Dr Anne-Marie Houlder responded to news healthcare regulator Monitor had delayed publication of the final report into the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust because administrators had been unable to secure agreements over funding, at a meeting of the Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) governing body.

Dr Houlder, who chairs the group, said: “Today Monitor have announced that they have extended the process to allow commissioners and providers to reach an agreement on the future funding of essential services.

“This means that the trust special administrator's final report will now go to Monitor at a later date yet to be agreed,” she said. “Whilst as a CCG we understand the uncertainty that this may cause to staff, patients and the public we believe that it's vital that this extra time is given to discuss the funding of services.

“The CCG has stated both publicly and in our response to the TSA's draft proposals that we are not willing to accept a proposal that would leave us with a multi million pounds debt.”

Dr Houlder said the CCG would continue to work with the administrators to ensure the quality of services was not impacted by the delay and she was confident with the monitoring process in place to ensure the quality and safety of services was maintained.

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