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Thousands march to save Stafford Hospital

Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Stafford to protest over threatened cutbacks to acute services at Stafford Hospital. Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain.

The Market Square was filled with thousands protesters

Protesters filled the Market Square and many surrounding streets, they marched to the hospital approximately one mile away.

For years Stafford has faced criticism over poor standards of care, which has been blamed for hundreds of patient deaths.

Marchers say that lives will be put at risk if the hospital loses some of its services

But marchers say the hospital has greatly improved and the threat of acute services being moved elsewhere will leave people in the town in danger.

Stafford Hospital can be seen with thousands of protesters gathered in the grounds

The hospital is currently in special administration the administrators say they are aware of the strength of feeling locally and are setting up public meetings to hear people's views.

Thousands gathered at Stafford Hospital as part of a march to save Stafford Hospital hospital
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Thousands gather for Stafford Hospital march

Thousands gathering in the centre of Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of local people have arrived in Stafford today to march in support of Stafford Hospital.

The march starts from Stafford Market square at 14:30. It has been organised by a community group, with the support of local MPs and Stafford Borough Council.

People of all ages gather in support of Stafford Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

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Mid Staffs is first Foundation Trust in administration

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has become the first foundation trust in the country to be put into administration.

Special administrators will take over the running of the scandal-hit trust from today.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has become the first foundation trust in administration Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The current executive team will report to the trust special administrators, clinician Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor and Alan Bloom of Ernst and Young, Regulator Monitor said.

Special administrators would be given 45 working days to design a way of providing services to patients in the area "that is sustainable in the long term".

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UNISON: Stafford Hospital announcement is 'deeply worrying'

Today’s news is deeply worrying for patients, staff and local people. More than 15,000 local residents have already signed a petition calling for the hospital to keep its acute services. It is vital that these views are listened to and acted upon at all stages of the consultation process.

Hospital staff and managers have put many hours of hard work into trying to turn this hospital around after the tragic lapses of care that occurred.

There is money available to bail out banks, there should be money available to bail out vital local services such as hospitals. The government must step in.

– Christina McAnea, UNISON head of Health

Chief executive 'proud to put patients first'

Our staff continue to provide care for our patients at both Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals, and are very proud to continue to put patients first.

We would like to reassure local people and GPs that we are continuing to provide all our usual services at both hospitals and patients should turn up as usual for any appointments they have.

We would like to thank our local community for their continued support, which means a great deal to staff.

– Lyn Hill-Tout, chief executive Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

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Hospitals will continue to run as normal

Health regulator Monitor's plan will be subject to a public consultation and services at the hospitals in Stafford and Cannock will continue to run as normal until a final decision is reached.

It is important that people in Mid Staffordshire know that they can still access services as usual at Stafford and Cannock hospitals while the trust special administration process is ongoing.

We have taken this decision to make sure that patients in the Mid Staffordshire area have the services they need in the future.

It is now the role of the trust special administrators to work with the local community to decide the best way of delivering these services.

– David Bennett, chief executive Monitor

First NHS foundation trust to be put into administration

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to become the first foundation trust in the country to be put into administration.

Health regulator Monitor said that it has appointed two trust special administrators to "safeguard the future of health services" currently provided at the trust.

Mid Staffordshire first foundation trust to be put into administration. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A spokeswoman said that clinician Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor along with Alan Bloom of Ernst and Young will take over the running of the trust tomorrow.

Last year, South London Healthcare NHS Trust became the first ever NHS trust to be put under the care of a special administrator after it started losing around £1.3 million a week.

But Mid Staffordshire is the first foundation trust - a supposed marker of excellence in the health service - to face the same fate.

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