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A&E department survives Stafford Hospital cuts plan

Stafford Hospital's A&E department, which shuts between 10pm and 8am, has escaped the proposed cuts, which will now be subject to public consultation from next week until October.

However, major emergency surgery and most trauma care, neonatal services and paediatric inpatient services - with the exception of its assessment unit, would all be moved to other hospitals in the region.

But the Trust Special Administrators said 91% of patients currently using services would still be accessing care at the hospitals if the changes went ahead.

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Stafford Hospital loses services in major shake-up

Critical care, maternity and paediatric services will be cut at Stafford Hospital under the proposals. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Stafford Hospital will keep its current part-time accident and emergency department but will lose other services in a major shake-up by health administrators.

Trust Special Administrators, which was appointed by the Department of Health in April, said "there is no alternative but to make significant change" at Stafford and neighbouring Cannock Chase Hospital in their report outlining the proposals.

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Thousands march to save Stafford Hospital

Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Stafford to protest over threatened cutbacks to acute services at Stafford Hospital. Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain.

The Market Square was filled with thousands protesters

Protesters filled the Market Square and many surrounding streets, they marched to the hospital approximately one mile away.

For years Stafford has faced criticism over poor standards of care, which has been blamed for hundreds of patient deaths.

Marchers say that lives will be put at risk if the hospital loses some of its services

But marchers say the hospital has greatly improved and the threat of acute services being moved elsewhere will leave people in the town in danger.

Stafford Hospital can be seen with thousands of protesters gathered in the grounds

The hospital is currently in special administration the administrators say they are aware of the strength of feeling locally and are setting up public meetings to hear people's views.

Thousands gathered at Stafford Hospital as part of a march to save Stafford Hospital hospital

Thousands gather for Stafford Hospital march

Thousands gathering in the centre of Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of local people have arrived in Stafford today to march in support of Stafford Hospital.

The march starts from Stafford Market square at 14:30. It has been organised by a community group, with the support of local MPs and Stafford Borough Council.

People of all ages gather in support of Stafford Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

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Chief executive 'proud to put patients first'

Our staff continue to provide care for our patients at both Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals, and are very proud to continue to put patients first.

We would like to reassure local people and GPs that we are continuing to provide all our usual services at both hospitals and patients should turn up as usual for any appointments they have.

We would like to thank our local community for their continued support, which means a great deal to staff.

– Lyn Hill-Tout, chief executive Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

No further staff under investigation

Stafford Hospital has released a further statement regarding the taping of a dummy to a baby's mouth.

A member of staff has been suspended and the police are investigating.

It is not true that any further staff are under investigation in relation to the care of the Fellows twins at Stafford Hospital.

– Colin Ovington at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

'Nobody told me' says mother whose child had its dummy taped to its mouth

The mother of a baby who had a dummy taped to its mouth under the supervision of staff at Stafford Hospital, says she wasn't initially informed.

Sarah Fellows, the mother of baby Mason – seen below spitting his dummy out – was 'devastated' when she found out what happened three days later.

Last Friday, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust apologised for the "exceptional" incident and said a member of staff from Stafford Hospital has been suspended, and that the police are investigating.

The Trust is currently at the centre of a public inquiry into serious failings of care between January 2005 and March 2009.

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