A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Leek after fears have been raised that proposals to move services from Stafford Hospital to the University Hospital in Stoke could have a big impact on residents of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Speaking at Wednesday's Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's health and community overview and scrutiny panel, council leader Sybil Ralphs said: "I have been told that the consultation period ends next week, but we have only just been told.
"We should have been part of the consultation from the start.
"There are 98,000 people in the Moorlands, many who benefit from the University Hospital.
"There is already pressure on the hospital. This is a big worry to people of the Moorlands as the additional work load from Stafford to Stoke will have an impact on people using the hospital.
"We now need to immediately ask for the consultation period to be extended to allow Moorlands residents to have their say."
A date is to fixed for the public meeting, which is expected to take place within the next two weeks, at the council officers in Stockwell Street, Leek.
See next week's Leek Post for further details.