Future of Stafford Hospital to be outlined

Stafford Hospital Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Special administrators charged with producing a plan for sustainable future services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will deliver their draft report later.

In April the Trust became the first ever Foundation Trust to be put into administration.

Two special administrators were appointed to produce a plan for reorganisation of future services. There is a possibility that the Trust could be merged with neighbouring services. Accident and Emergency could close with patients sent to Stoke-on-Trent or Wolverhampton.

Campaigner Julie Bailey Credit: ITV News Central

Stafford Hospital was at the centre of a major public inquiry after it was found that poor care could have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect.

Cure The NHS, set up by Stafford woman Julie Bailey, have campaigned for greater accountability within the NHS after the death of her mother Bella at the hospital.

But thousands of local campaigners want services to stay in Stafford.

We hope that the hospital will be saved and that nothing will be changed.

But we have got to be pragmatic and realise that there is money involved and therefore it is quite likely that they will come up with a compromise that might lose us some facilities which would be upsetting.

In particular we want to save the A&E unit - which has already been reduced to day time opening hours - and we want to preserve the maternity and paediatric services.

– Maurice Blisson, Support Stafford Hospital
Support Stafford Hospital rally Credit: ITV News Central

Consultation on the proposals will last until October.