Changes were announced today into how Stafford Hospital will be made more sustainable.
Dr David Bennett, the Chief Executive of Monitor – the independent regulator of NHS foundations trusts – told ITV News Central that some accident and emergency services will be moved to neighbouring facilities in Stoke and Wolverhampton.
Other recommendations include making both Stafford and Cannock hospitals smaller. Officials say smaller hospitals with reduced treatment services could free up resources to specialise in more daily treatments such as diagnoistics, outpatients and antenatal care.
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The Health Secretary's response came after failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which highlighted the suffering of hundreds of people.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has today outlined new plans for NHS following the Stafford scadal