A PUBLIC meeting amid fears that proposals to move services from Stafford Hospital to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire could have a major impact on residents of the Staffordshire Moorlands is to take place tomorrow night (October 31).
The meeting will be held at Moorlands House in Stockwell Street, Leek, starting at 6pm.
All residents are invited to attend.
The issue was first raised by the leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Sybil Ralphs, at the authority’s health and community overview and scrutiny panel.
The Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical accountable officer, Dr David Hughes, who is also a Leek GP, said: “Most local people will be aware there have been significant issues at Stafford Hospital in particular.
“The Trust Special Administrators has looked at the future of Stafford Hospital and the NHS Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust, and consulted widely in the Stafford and Cannock areas.
“Now we are holding this meeting alongside Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to give local patients and residents a chance to ask us about our response.
“We have said very strongly that there needs to be careful and detailed planning if any services for people living in Stafford and Cannock are transferred to North Staffordshire.
“These need to be backed by the resources to ensure services for patients in the Moorlands are not adversely affected.” Councillor Ralphs said: “I’m pleased that this meeting is taking place.
“It is one that I asked for because the provision of health services affects everyone in the Moorlands and it’s important that local people have the chance to hear and comment on the recommendation.
“I urge people to come along and have their say about their health services.” A letter distributed to the council’s health committee from Mark Hackett, chief executive of the University Hospital, said the proposals would see approximately 6,400 patients a year admitted as an emergency; 1,600 extra A&E attendances a year and 1,200 planned procedures being dealt with by the hospital Also the proposal would lead to between 800 and 1,000 extra births taking place at the maternity hospital.