Consultation period for Mid-Staffs Trust ends tonight

The formal consultation period for the Special Administrators’ draft report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is due to come to an end at midnight tonight.

The discussion period began on August 6, after the administrators published their draft report into the hospital. This recommended the accident and emergency department should only be available in the daytime, and the transfer of maternity and paediatric services to other larger NHS trusts.

The future of Stafford Hospital could be cleared up after midnight tonight Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press

While the consultation period has been on-going there have been a number of protests against the cuts to the Trust, the latest being a march through Stafford last weekend.

Once the consultation period is complete, the Special Administrators will submit their final report. The health service regulator for England, Monitor, and the Secretary of State for Health, will then decide on the recommendations for the hospitals in the Trust, and how to implement them.