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Thousands sign petition to keep children's services at Stafford Hospital

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the trust which runs Stafford Hospital to rethink plans to cut back children's services.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

Almost 4,000 people have backed a campaign which was launched online last night as hundreds of protesters gathered at Stafford Hospital as the Clinical Commissioning Group held their AGM.

The group is campaigning to keep maternity and paediatric services at the hospital.

Stafford Hospital protest camp to stage walking protest

Around 500 people from the camp protesting outside Stafford Hospital are expected to stage a walking protest later as the Clinical Commissioning Group hold their Annual General Meeting.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

They are walking just over a mile from the protest camp to the Beacon International Centre.

Members of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group will use the meeting to report back on their first year as a statutory body and address some of the future challenges facing the NHS both locally and nationally.

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Stafford Hospital campaigners call on Health Secretary to visit

A group which is campaigning against maternity and paediatric services at Stafford Hospital being transferred next year have sent a letter to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asking him to visit the hospital.

Campaginers say the hospital should be a beacon of health care and have asked Mr Hunt to personally intervene and stop what they call a "rushed and flawed process" to move services.

Number of protesters occupying land next to Stafford Hospital increasing

It is exactly a month since protesters began occupying land next to Stafford Hospital.

They are campaigning to stop health services being moved away from the town.

The number of tents on the site is growing and Support Stafford Hospital says it will stay for as long as it takes.

We respect the rights of campaigners to express their views on the future of services. I have received reassurances from the organisers that there will be no disruption to patients or visitors.

– Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

One month on: Stafford Hospital protestors still there

This is what the campsite looked like last month Credit: ITV News Central

Protestors who set up camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital are still there after one month.

They've vowed to stay put until key services are saved. They are calling for the decision to dissolve the trust to be reversed.

Stafford Hospital is in the process of being downgraded following a critical public enquiry which was published last February.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust have issued the following statement:

We respect the rights of campaigners to express their views on the future of services. I have received reassurances from the organisers that there will be no disruption to patients or visitors.

– Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS

Parents to find out when inquest into son's death at Stafford Hospital will resume

A second inquest into John Moore-Robinson's death was granted after a long campaign by his family Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of a man from Leicestershire who died after he was misdiagnosed by hospital staff should find out today when the inquest into his death will resume.

John Moore-Robinson was treated in the A and E department at Stafford Hospital in April 2006 after a mountain biking accident.

The inquest was halted when it emerged there were witnesses that had not been called by the hospital to give evidence.

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Patient safety to be assessed at Stafford Hospital

Patient safety is to be assessed at Stafford Hospital following staff shortages Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Health inspectors will be assessing the safety of patients at Stafford Hospital later because of staff shortages.

The special administrators running the Hospital Trust say recruiting and keeping staff has become a "significant challenge".

They've asked the Care Quality Commission to review patient safety.

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Hunt 'very proud' of new NHS safety measures

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News he is "very proud" that NHS hospitals are now publishing staffing levels in every ward on a monthly basis.

A new web page allows patients to hold their local hospital to account by looking at performance indicators.

The measure also means from next year patients will be able to compare staffing levels at different hospitals.

Mr Hunt said publishing more safety data was an "absolutely critical learning point" for the health service following the scandal involving Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Stafford Hospital whistleblower made OBE

Helene Donnelly is being made an OBE tomorrow Credit: ITV News Central

Helene Donnelly, the nurse who blew the whistle on the abuse of patients at Stafford Hospital is being made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace tomorrow.

It is in recognition of her work supporting NHS staff to raise concerns and improve care for patients.

She is now the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust’s first Ambassador for Cultural Change. The idea is that she works to encourage staff to raise their concerns at a senior level.

On hearing of her OBE she said: "My first reaction was disbelief really, I thought why me? I suppose I don’t feel I’ve really done anything that remarkable.

I’m absolutely delighted and really this honour is a recognition for everyone who is trying to genuinely raise concerns and build a more open and honest culture within the health service.

I’m really looking forward to the ceremony and am tremendously honoured.”

Second inquest into Leicestershire man's death

John Moore-Robinson from Coalville was misdiagnosed at Stafford hospital Credit: ITV News Central

A second inquest into the death of a man who was misdiagnosed by hospital staff will be held in Leicester today.

John Moore-Robinson, from Coalville, died eight years ago after medics at Stafford Hospital failed to diagnose a ruptured spleen.

They thought his ribs were bruised and sent him home, the 20-year-old died hours later.

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