The Accident and Emergency unit at Stafford Hospital has been closed since last December over staffing issues.
The unit is to remain closed overnight.
The hospital commissioning board has decided to keep it shut because it's concerned about sustaining a 24-hour service.
It's now looking at piloting an alternative 24/7 emergency and urgent care service.
– yn Hill-Tout, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
‘It is obviously the Commissioners’ responsibility to decide which services they want us to provide and the Trust’s responsibility to provide those services to a high standard.
‘The staff at Mid Staffs have worked incredibly hard to meet the reopening criteria and we have delivered on this promise.
‘In the light of this decision we will continue to work with our Commissioners to deliver 24/7 local services for our community.
‘We will not reopen against their wishes, but will work with them to provide alternatives for those who can be treated locally. Of the average 12-15 patients each night who currently go elsewhere, we will be looking at ways in which they could be treated at Stafford, although clearly some may still need to travel. As always, our main focus will be on providing safe and sustainable services now and in future.’**