Campaign group Support Stafford Hospital are calling on local medical teams to make decisions reflecting the needs of the local community. They stress that today's announcements are recommendations.
– Sue Hawkins, Chair of Support Stafford Hospital Group
The community must be integral to decision making. We hope that the Secretary of State will remember the 50,000 people who took to the streets of Stafford in April, the 55,000 who signed the petition for the retention of Acute Services and the thousands who marched in September for Children's Services. We hope that he will acknowledge that Stafford Hospital is now in the top 15 of the best performing hospitals in this country.