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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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".
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Hugo Mascie Taylor and Alan Bloom, from accountancy firm Ernst and Young, will head the administrators.
The consultation will last 45 days followed by a 10 week review period, before any changes can be implemented.