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Moorlands MP to stage hospital meeting

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Leek this week for Staffordshire Moorlands residents over how changes to the Mid-Staffordshire Trust will effect people using the University Hospital facilities in Stoke.

Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, is staging the public meeting so her constituents can hear from NHS managers what the changes will mean.

The meeting will be held on Friday, March 7, 6pm – 7.30pm in the Churnet Room at Moorlands House.

It comes in the wake of the scandal at Stafford Hospital, which has sparked a review of clinical services.

Mrs Bradley said: "I know that many people in the Moorlands are worried about how the Trust Special Administrator's recommendations for the future of services at Mid-Staffs will affect their healthcare.

"There is no one better-placed to answer these questions than the NHS managers themselves, so I have decided to hold a public meeting for people to raise their concerns and hopefully get some reassurance from qualified professionals who understand all the implications of the changes.

"I will be chairing the discussion and I've invited Mark Hackett, the chief executive of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, Stuart Poynor, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, Dr David Hughes, Clinical Accountable Officer at North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, councillor Sybil Ralphs and Yvonne Buckland, non-executive director at Healthwatch Staffordshire, to sit on the panel.

"It is open to everyone, so if you do have any questions or you just want to make your views known, please do come along."

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