After all they have been through, today's verdict will feel like a kick in the teeth for the people of Stafford.
Local people had a legitimate right to expect that the end result of the two Francis inquiries would be to give them a hospital which is both safe and sustainable.
But whilst we welcome the decision to keep the A&E open, Jeremy Hunt's failure to prioritise turning the hospital around in recent years has led to the loss of maternity and paediatric services at Stafford, representing a significant downgrade of the hospital.
More top news
Plans for a controversial development on the site where King Richard III died have been given the go-ahead.
Preparations have begun to make sure roads are safe in the winter. In Nottinghamshire, there 20,000 tonnes of salt on standby.
Dry and fine overnight, becoming breezy in the north.