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.
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After a very cold start, it should be a dry and fine day with sunny spells.
Brighter with some sunny spells. Mostly dry.
The "Beast from the East 2" blew into the region overnight, with some places seeing several centimetres of the white stuff.