UNISON: Stafford Hospital announcement is 'deeply worrying'

Today’s news is deeply worrying for patients, staff and local people. More than 15,000 local residents have already signed a petition calling for the hospital to keep its acute services. It is vital that these views are listened to and acted upon at all stages of the consultation process.

Hospital staff and managers have put many hours of hard work into trying to turn this hospital around after the tragic lapses of care that occurred.

There is money available to bail out banks, there should be money available to bail out vital local services such as hospitals. The government must step in.

– Christina McAnea, UNISON head of Health

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Stafford report delay

The administrators of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have been granted more time to prepare a report into how the trust should be run. The trust runs Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients died needlessly between 2005 and 2009.