Stafford Hospital service cuts

Scandal-hit Mid Staffs Hospital Trust will be dissolved and critical care, maternity and paediatric services at Stafford Hospital cut under health administrators' proposals.

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History of scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS

The first sign of problems at the Trust was when Stafford resident Julie Bailey started a campaign group called 'Cure the NHS' after seeing the poor care her mother, Bella, and other elderly patients received at Stafford Hospital in 2007.

History of scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS.
History of scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

As it is announced that the scandal-hit Mid Staffs Hospital Trust will be dissolved and critical care, maternity and paediatric services at Stafford Hospital cut under health administrators' proposals, take a look at the timeline of events that has led to the decision:

Read more: Timeline of events at Stafford Hospital

Read more: The Stafford Hospital scandal timeline

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Nearby hospitals to assume Stafford duties by 2016

Poor care at Stafford Hospital may have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

If the proposals by theTrust Special Administrators (TSA) go ahead, it is anticipated the services identified to be migrated from Stafford Hospital will have moved across to neighbouring hospitals in the region within two or three years.

Those services will instead be provided in the main by the University of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, and The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, although the TSA has identified other healthcare providers interested in taking on some aspects of care.

The TSA came up with its draft recommendations after discussions with patient groups, the public and clinicians including hospital trusts in Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - which buy in health services for the area.

A&E department survives Stafford Hospital cuts plan

Stafford Hospital's A&E department, which shuts between 10pm and 8am, has escaped the proposed cuts, which will now be subject to public consultation from next week until October.

However, major emergency surgery and most trauma care, neonatal services and paediatric inpatient services - with the exception of its assessment unit, would all be moved to other hospitals in the region.

But the Trust Special Administrators said 91% of patients currently using services would still be accessing care at the hospitals if the changes went ahead.

Lewisham Healthcare Trust: 'We're really elated'

The Director of Children's Services at Lewisham Healthcare Trust has said "we're really elated" after a court's ruling to quash a decision to reduce services at Lewisham Hospital".

Tony O'Sullivan also said "there's been such a sense of injustice" and accused the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of using "bullying tactics" to try and close services down.

Read: Lewisham Hospital cuts quashed

Stafford Hospital loses services in major shake-up

Critical care, maternity and paediatric services will be cut at Stafford Hospital under the proposals. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Stafford Hospital will keep its current part-time accident and emergency department but will lose other services in a major shake-up by health administrators.

Trust Special Administrators, which was appointed by the Department of Health in April, said "there is no alternative but to make significant change" at Stafford and neighbouring Cannock Chase Hospital in their report outlining the proposals.

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Plans for future of Mid Staffs trust to be revealed

Campaigners fighting to save a scandal-hit hospital today learn administrators' recommendations about the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

In April, two special administrators were appointed to produce a plan for the sustainable "reorganisation" of future services.

Mid Staffordshire is the first ever foundation trust to be put into administration.

Stafford Hospital was at the centre of a major public inquiry after it was found that poor care may have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect.

Its chair, Robert Francis QC, said there had been a "failure of the NHS system at every level" and made 290 recommendations in his 1,782 page report.

Read: Key recommendations of NHS Mid Staffordshire public inquiry