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Review to be carried out into maternity services at Mid Staffs

Jeremy Hunt MP has agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to be dissolved Credit: ITV News Central

Under today's announcement, Stafford Hospital could still retain consultant-led maternity services after the Health Secretary agreed for NHS England to carry out a review into the issue.

The original plan from administrators had been for maternity services to close. However, this was later amended to the creation of a midwife-led unit. Mr Hunt has now agreed for a review of that decision.

Some Mid Staffs services to move to neighbouring hospitals

The changes recommended following this independent process, supported by local doctors, will secure the safe and high quality services that the people of Stafford deserve having endured years of uncertainty and failures in care.

90 per cent of patient visits will continue locally, with a minority of services eventually being moved to neighbouring hospitals once the local NHS is satisfied there is sufficient capacity.

I want Stafford to be a proper district hospital that continues to meet the needs of patients nearby, including for emergency care and births.

– Jeremy Hunt MP, Health Secretary

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Concerns for Stafford Hospital elderly and obstetrics

Sue Hawkins, of the campaign group Support Stafford Hospital, said they expected that Jeremy Hunt "probably will" dissolve the trust.

She said they hoped that Mr Hunt would reflect some of their concerns in his announcement.

She told BBC Breakfast the concern was primarily over obstetrics.

A simple birth can change to needing a Caesarean section very quickly. Are those patients going to make it in time 18 miles up the road?

Infrastructure - the M6 - often accidents, often shut, Stafford has got a very poor network of roads. We get gridlocked very easily. We are seriously concerned about safety.

She said 50,000 people had marched in a small town of only around 60,000 - although the surrounding area is bigger - showing their support for retaining these acute services.

"Treatment would obviously move to neighbouring trusts but we have a very high proportion of elderly. What is going to happen?"

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Campaigner will not comment on Mid Staffs ruling

Campaigner Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital, has said that she will not be making a statement today, despite the Health Secretary preparing to announce his decision on the future of the scandal hit NHS Trust.

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CTNHS will not be making a statement about Mid Staffs 2day, for our own safety. We will support any decision that promotes patient safety

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Deadline looms for decision over future of Mid-Staffs

The future of struggling Stafford Hospital hangs in the balance today as the deadline looms to make major decisions over its future.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has until the end of today to decide whether to demand the Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) for Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust make changes to their recommendations for action.

Jeremy Hunt must make the decision by the end of today
Jeremy Hunt must make the decision by the end of today Credit: Neil Hall/PA

The TSAs controversially recommended the dissolution of Mid-Staffordshire as its own trust, and said Stafford Hospital should move under the care of University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. Cannock Hospital would be taken over by the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust.

If the TSAs' recommendations are not altered, the changes are expected to take place in the autumn.

Nurses drafted in to help man wards at Stafford Hospital

Twenty nurses will today begin a three-month secondment to help man the wards at struggling Stafford Hospital.

The nurses, from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, have been drafted in to help out as the scandal-hit Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust struggled to find experienced senior nursing staff.

Twenty nurses have been drafted in from elsewhere to help man the wards at Stafford Hospital
Twenty nurses have been drafted in from elsewhere to help man the wards at Stafford Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The nurses were inducted at the hospital yesterday and begin working on the wards today.

It comes after the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital announced it would open an extra 15-bed ward to help accommodate emergency patients from South Staffordshire to help out.

NHS trust to be sentenced over Stafford Hospital death

The NHS trust is facing a large fine Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to safety breaches over the death of a diabetic patient.

Gillian Astbury, 66, died at Stafford Hospital in 2007 after two nurses failed to give her insulin.

Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She had been admitted in April 2007 for treatment for fractures to her arm and pelvis.

The inquest found low staffing levels and a systemic failure to provide adequate nursing facilities were both contributory factors.

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