After 198 nights, protestors at Stafford Hospital have spent the day dismantling their camp and packing up.
They have been campaigning about the restructuring of services which will see emergency surgery moved to Stoke-on-Trent, but they vow to fight on. Wesley Smith reports.
The protesters at Stafford Hospital are packing up camp, but say their campaign is far from over.
A new shop is opening in the town centre and one member is standing for parliament.
Some have been on site in all weathers for more than 200 nights.
A protest camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital is being abandoned today, as some of the protesters have become ill.
The Save Stafford Hospital campaigners have been protesting about emergency surgery being moved to Stoke-on-Trent. NHS officials deny anyone will be at risk but the protestors disagree.
After a bitterly cold winter weather some in the protest camp have developed chest infections, flu and even pneumonia. The camp will be dismantled this morning, almost 200 days after it was set up.
The Save Stafford Hospital campaigners say they will carry on with their fight from a town centre office.
It's five months today since a protest camp was set up in the grounds of Stafford Hospital. The protesters are still there - despite the arrival of winter weather.
Campaigners say plans to move some services out of Stafford to other hospitals will put patients lives at risk. They say hospitals are already struggling to cope, and planned changes will make things even worse. Keith Wilkinson reports.
A special board meeting is being held today at Stafford Hospital to formally approve plans to merge the hospital's services with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in Stoke-on-Trent.
Protestors against the move say they plan to go to the meeting and ask a 'long list of questions' they want bosses to answer.
Bosses at Stafford Hospital have apologised "unreservedly" to the family of John Moore-Robinson, who died within hours of being discharged.
In a statement, the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust chief executive, Maggie Oldham, said his death "could and should" have been prevented.
We apologise unreservedly to Mr and Mrs Robinson and their family for the failings in care provided to John at Stafford Hospital in April 2006.
The tragic loss of his life could and should have been prevented.
We are also very sorry that initial failings on the part of the trust, relating to the first inquest, have meant that it has taken until now for them to get the answers they sought.
A coroner has identified six key failings and several "shortcomings" in the care of a man who died within hours of being discharged from Stafford Hospital.
John Moore-Robinson, from Leicester, had suffered a ruptured spleen in a mountain biking accident - but doctors failed to spot it.
Sitting at Leicester Coroner's Court, coroner Catherine Mason today said she believed his death was preventable.
If Mr Moore-Robinson had been managed in accordance with his needs... on the balance of probabilities, the loss of his life could have been prevented.
A coroner is expected to record her conclusion today in the second inquest into the death of a man from Leicester.
John Moore Robinson died from a ruptured spleen within hours of being discharged from Stafford Hospital.
A report was released shortly after his first inquest, which suggested his treatment could amount to neglect.
A retired consultant has told an inquest that the death of a man who was sent home from Stafford Hospital after a doctor failed to spot a ruptured spleen was "totally preventable".
Dr Ivan Phair was a consultant in A&E at Stafford Hospital in 2006, when John Moore-Robinson was brought in following a mountain bike accident on Cannock Chase.
He was discharged the same day and died at home.
In an earlier report on the death, Mr Phair said that the initial examination of John Moore-Robinson was "brief and incomplete".
Dr Girish Sharma was the Senior House Officer who conducted that examination.
Asked what more Dr Sharma should have done, Mr Phair said, "He should have put his stethoscope on and listened to the quality of the abdomen and the sound of the bowels."
"He hasn't written anything down to suggest that he has listened to whether or not the bowel sounds were absent or present."
A second inquest in the death of a Stafford Hospital patient, who was sent home with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen, will resume later today.
John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot the ruptured spleen following a mountain bike accident.
Coroner Catherine Mason adjourned the inquest in April and requested that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who run the hospital, make the necessary staff available as witnesses.
After the first inquest in 2007 an internal report from the hospital said Mr Moore-Robinson's treatment could have been negligent.
Yesterday the inquest heard from a Mid Staffs nurse, who said the trust was understaffed at the time of Mr Moore-Robinson's death.
Today the inquest will hear from Dr Ivan Phair, a consultant in the A&E unit, who wrote the trust's internal report. In his report he said Mr Moore-Robinson should have had an ultrasound examination, which would have identified the damage to his spleen.