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Support Stafford Hospital: 'remember the 50,000 people who took to the streets'

Campaign group Support Stafford Hospital are calling on local medical teams to make decisions reflecting the needs of the local community. They stress that today's announcements are recommendations.

The community must be integral to decision making. We hope that the Secretary of State will remember the 50,000 people who took to the streets of Stafford in April, the 55,000 who signed the petition for the retention of Acute Services and the thousands who marched in September for Children's Services. We hope that he will acknowledge that Stafford Hospital is now in the top 15 of the best performing hospitals in this country.

– Sue Hawkins, Chair of Support Stafford Hospital Group

Key maternity and children's services will stay at Stafford Hospital

Key maternity and children's services will stay at Stafford Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The final recommendations of experts brought in to examine services at Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust have delivered their final report on its future. They include some changes to their initial draft.

A maternity unit will be set up at Stafford, while there will be an upgraded child assessment unit staffed by specially trained clinicians.

Seriously ill youngsters will still go to specialist centres.

Cannock Chase Hospital will be used by recovering patients transferred from specialist hospitals.

Money will be spent on upgrading services at separate hospitals in Stoke, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

Stafford would be run by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, and Cannock taken on by the Royal Wolverhampton.

Health watchdog Monitor and the Health Secretary now need to approve the plans and any changes would happen over three years.

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Some changes made to Administrators' draft report

Special Administrators at Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust are giving their final report into its future today.

They have made some changes to their draft proposals after getting feedback from people during the consultation period. They recommend:

  1. A midwife-led unit should be established. They say this will handle low-risk pregnancies - 50% of all births.

  2. A paediatric assessment unit should be run alongside the A and E, staffed by trained paediatric nurses and doctors.

They say their plans will allow critical patients to remain at Stafford as long as their conditions are "uncomplicated". This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Stafford Hospital: the year in pictures

Gillian Astbury Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nurse Ann King was struck off after diabetic patient Gillian Astbury died at Stafford Hospital after slipping into a fatal diabetic coma in 2007.

Support Stafford Hospital protesters Credit: PA

Protestors outside Stafford Hospital as they wait for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Special Administrators to make public draft recommendations about its future.

Sir David Nicholson gives evidence Credit: PA

Sir David Nicholson gives evidence to a House of Commons Health Select Committee on the report into serious failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

John Moore-Robinson Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of John Moore-Robinson have been granted a second inquest into the death of their son. John died at home from a ruptured spleen after attending Stafford Hospital in 2006.

Julie Bailey and Cure the NHS campaigners Credit: PA

Julie Bailey, founder of 'Cure the NHS,' arrives with family members at Stafford Civic Centre for a meeting with Robert Francis QC following the publication of the report into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Save Stafford Hospital campaigners Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of campaigners gather in the centre of Stafford to protest at plans to move some acute services away from their local hospital.

50,000 campaigners in Stafford town square Credit: ITV News Central

In April 50,000 people march in Stafford against plans to downgrade the town's hospital.

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Stafford Hospital's future to be outlined

Stafford Hospital sign
Between 2005 and 2008, hundreds of patients at the hospital died needlessly Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Plans for the future of crisis-hit Stafford Hospital will be outlined later today.

Special administrators appointed by the government to look into the running of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will publish their final recommendations.

In April an interim report recommended the trust which runs Stafford Hospital and Cannock Hospital should be dissolved.

GMC chief understands people feel 'badly let down'

Niall Dickson, the General Medical Council's chief executive, said he understood people felt "badly let down" over the fact few have been punished for the failings in basic levels of care which were uncovered at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Robert Francis QC found a focus on financial performance over adequate staffing was a significant factor in the poor care at the hospital.

Despite what the Francis report described as the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" and a higher than expected death rate among patients, only a handful of clinicians have faced a professional standards board over their roles.

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