This article was published on July 31st, 2013
Following the public enquiry into failings at the Staffordshire NHS Trust, administrators have recommended that the trust be dissolved. The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust went into administration on 16 April after a report concluded it was not “clinically or financially sustainable”.
The Trust Special Administrators (TSA) have also proposed that critical care, maternity and paediatric services also be cut. The trust’s two hospitals would come under two other trusts -Stafford Hospital part of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent and Cannock Hospital part of the Royal Wolverhampton Trust.
The proposals include:
Stafford Hospital losing its maternity unit but keeping its accident and emergency department, which will continue to open from 08:00 to 22:00, as it has since December 2011
Downgrading Stafford’s critical care unit and losing some emergency surgery
No longer admitting seriously ill children to Stafford. They will instead go to Stoke-on-Trent.
The proposals will now go to a public consultation, which will end on 1 October.
They will then go to health regulator Monitor before being forwarded to the Health Secretary to make the final decision by the end of the year.
If approved, the proposals will be implemented by 2018.
Administrator Alan Bloom said: “We are doing this because services will become unsafe if no changes are made.
“I think people’s worst fears might have been three to six months ago that we wouldn’t even have a hospital here today, let alone the level of acute services and A&E services we are going to have.
“It may be a little bit further to travel, it may be a little inconvenient but we are genuinely recommending this on clinical as well as financial grounds.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health said they encouraged patients, staff, residents and the general public to give their views about the proposals.
He added: “We will, of course, carefully consider the recommendations when we receive them.”
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