Stafford Hospital says the decision not to re-open the Accident and Emergency department at night, despite sorting out staffing levels, is based on clinical and safety grounds.
It has be shut at night since December but was expected to re-open next month.
Now it will be October at the earliest before it operates through the night.
The hospital denies there is any hidden agenda to close the unit permanently.
It's been decided not to re-open Stafford Hospital's Accident and Emergency department at night until October.
A&E has been closed overnight since December because of staff shortages but it was hoped that after a recruitment drive it could re-open next month.
However, hospital bosses say more work is needed to 'fully integrate the newly appointed staff in the department'.