Unions are considering strike action after the Government refused to give an across the board 1% pay rise in the NHS.
Measures unveiled in wake of Mid-Staffs scandal
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined the Government's plans to implement the recommendations of the Francis report.
Jeremy Hunt MP has agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Under today's announcement, Stafford Hospital could still retain consultant-led maternity services after the Health Secretary agreed for NHS England to carry out a review into the issue.
The original plan from administrators had been for maternity services to close. However, this was later amended to the creation of a midwife-led unit. Mr Hunt has now agreed for a review of that decision.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and move key services to neighbouring hospitals.
Sue Hawkins, of the campaign group Support Stafford Hospital, said they expected that Jeremy Hunt "probably will" dissolve the trust.
She said they hoped that Mr Hunt would reflect some of their concerns in his announcement.
She told BBC Breakfast the concern was primarily over obstetrics.
A simple birth can change to needing a Caesarean section very quickly. Are those patients going to make it in time 18 miles up the road?
Infrastructure - the M6 - often accidents, often shut, Stafford has got a very poor network of roads. We get gridlocked very easily. We are seriously concerned about safety.
She said 50,000 people had marched in a small town of only around 60,000 - although the surrounding area is bigger - showing their support for retaining these acute services.
"Treatment would obviously move to neighbouring trusts but we have a very high proportion of elderly. What is going to happen?"
Campaigner Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital, has said that she will not be making a statement today, despite the Health Secretary preparing to announce his decision on the future of the scandal hit NHS Trust.
CTNHS will not be making a statement about Mid Staffs 2day, for our own safety. We will support any decision that promotes patient safety
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be making a written statement in the House of Commons later to announce his decision on if the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust should be dissolved.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to announce his decision on whether the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust should be dissolved.
Mid Staffordshire was the focus of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS when hundreds more people died than would normally be expected.
The Francis Inquiry last year found examples of "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people", with some left lying in their own faeces for days and drinking from vases.
Administrators have previously deemed the trust financially "unsustainable", claiming it would face annual debts of more than £40 million by 2017 without changes.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that too many elderly people were ending up in hospital because of the flawed GP contracts introduced by the Labour government.
Mr Hunt told the Daily Telegraph: “Labour’s disastrous 2004 GP contract left many vulnerable elderly patients without good out-of-hours care, so it’s rank hypocrisy for them now to complain about the consequences of their historic mistake.
"We have ripped up that contract and are bringing back proper family doctoring, with named GPs for older people to help relieve A&E pressures.”
He added that they allowed family doctors to abandon responsibility for out-of-hours care.
A patient passed away after "two years of chaotic care" which could have been prevented if he had one doctor to oversee his care, the health secretary will say later today.
In a speech the health secretary is expected to use the patient's case as an example of why patients should have a whole stay doctor.
– Jeremy Hunt
One letter I got last March was from a lady whose husband sadly passed away after what can only be described as two years of chaotic care.
Her husband was passed around the system from clinician to clinician, with no-one appearing to know anything of his needs or history.
One example of this was his diarrhoea: it started in January, but it wasn't till November that he finally got the operation to sort it out.
Senior MPs on both sides of the green benches for Andrew Mitchell to be reappointed to the Cabinet after a police officer admitting to falsely claiming to have witnessed the 'plebgate' row between the former Chief Whip and officers:
Delighted Andrew Mitchell vindicated after long and tough time fighting against system. Must never again - to cab minister or anyone
Vindication for Andrew Mitchell: http://t.co/NmESBOn5Lm I sincerely hope he is re-appointed to the Cabinet.
A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated in relation to links with Jimmy Savile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.