Thousands set to march for Stafford Hospital

A public inquiry into the hospital, which was placed into administration five days ago, found it had provided "appalling" standards of care. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Thousands of campaigners battling to keep major services at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital will take to the local streets today to protest against a withdrawal of services, including maternity care.

Health regulator Monitor has given two special administrators 45 working days to produce a plan for the sustainable reorganisation of future services.

Today's rally has been organised by the Support Stafford Hospital campaign group, which is lobbying for the retention of local services, including paediatric inpatient care.