SSH Press Release
Whilst we welcome the Secretary of State's announcement of a review into consultant-led maternity provision at Stafford Hospital, we are concerned that consultant-led paediatrics will have no such review. Our community has campaigned tirelessly for both these consultant -led services on the grounds of safety and feel that the proposed changes, which have not been risk assessed, pose a serious threat to life. We are also still concerned over what level of critical care and 24hr A&E provision will be delivered at Stafford Hospital. We are pleased to note that services may not be moved until the local commissioners are satisfied that there is sufficient capacity elsewhere.
50,000 members of our community marched last April to show their support for Acute Services at Stafford Hospital, over 56,000 have signed the petition and many have shared their concerns regarding the increase of inequalities if these changes are implemented. Our community's voice must be heard.
Looking forward from today, we must ensure that the needs of this community are fully met. It is essential that we have just representation at Board level and local, quality, safe acute services
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Minister of State for NHS Delivery Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Special Administration Wednesday 26th February 2014
The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Jeremy Hunt):
I wish to inform the House that I have made a decision regarding the action recommended by the Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (Mid Staffs, or the trust), as I am required to do by section 65KB of the National Health Service Act 2006 (the 2006 Act).
A document setting out in more detail the reasons for my decision is available in the Library.
Local people suffered too much for too long under a system which ignored appalling failures of care in their local hospital. They now deserve to know that same system has learned the lessons and is guaranteeing high-quality, safe services for local people. The proposals I am accepting today will provide just this.
The strength of public interest in the TSAs’ work, and the huge response to their consultation exercise, is a testimony to the great commitment local people have to the future of their hospitals.
I must also commend the trust’s staff, who have helped turn around the quality of care provided at Mid Staffs, and who in recent months have continued to provide quality services in the face of great uncertainty about the trust’s future. The interest, support and contributions of honourable members have also been extremely valuable. In particular, the way in which the Hon Member for Stafford has championed the interests of local people at every stage of the process has been remarkable. I believe the proposals I am accepting today will bring about improvements for local people that reflect his continued concern for patient welfare and the future of Stafford Hospital.
Today’s announcement secures a first-rate offer for local patients – something they were denied for too long. Great strides have been made towards improvement in recent years but the challenges remain stark. Without over £20m in subsidy funding from the Department of Health in 2012 and 2013, the trust would have been unable to pay its staff and suppliers. At the same time, a number of services are being operated with consultant numbers below Royal College guidelines, and the trust has experienced on-going challenges in recruiting and retaining staff. Patients deserve high quality services, which are clinically sustainable.
Today’s announcement provides an assurance that the solution to the Trusts’ financial and clinical problems will deliver safe and high quality services, now and into the future. I know that the TSAs and local stakeholders have worked hard to develop a set of recommendations which will achieve this.
Having considered the TSAs’ proposals in detail, I confirm I am satisfied on each of the points set out in section 65KB of the legislation, and therefore support the action recommended by the TSAs. I am also satisfied that, in accordance with my request, the TSAs have undertaken a thorough analysis and taken account appropriately of the issues regarding the four tests for reconfiguration. I am pleased that, after a long period of instability, we are able to offer the local population of Mid Staffordshire the certainty it so desperately needs.
Before turning to the detail of the proposals, I would like to remind the House of the background to the administration process at Mid Staffs. Monitor appointed an independent Contingency Planning Team (CPT) to the trust in October 2012. In January 2013, the CPT concluded in a report for Monitor that Mid Staffs was neither clinically nor financially sustainable in its current form. In a subsequent report the CPT advised that neither the Trust nor local commissioners would be able to deliver the changes required, and consequently recommended the appointment of administrators. On the basis of the CPT’s conclusions, Monitor appointed TSAs to Mid Staffs with effect from 16 April 2013. Since taking up their role, the TSAs have found no reason to dispute the CPT’s conclusions regarding the trust’s sustainability, and their analysis has only strengthened the case for change.
Since April the TSAs have been working with the trust, local commissioners and providers, and a wide range of other stakeholders, in order to develop a solution for the services at Mid Staffs. The TSAs’ final report, which has been approved by Monitor, was submitted to me on 16 January.
The TSAs’ report recommends that Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is dissolved, and that Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals are operated by other local providers. It is vital that this structural change is made as soon as possible to stabilise local health services. The TSAs have also proposed a clinical model for the services currently provided by the trust, which their independent Clinical Advisory Group (made up of leading clinicians from the Royal Colleges) has confirmed will be clinically safe. I am pleased that under this model the majority of patient visits, approximately 90%, will continue to take place at Stafford and Cannock hospitals. I also welcome the enhancements proposed for a number of current services, for example, the inclusion of specialist frail and elderly support within the Medical Assessment Unit at Stafford. All of this will contribute to a much improved offer for local people.
However, to ensure this improved offer, it is clearly not possible for all of Mid Staffs’ services to go on as they are, and therefore the TSAs’ recommendations will mean moving a small minority of services away from Stafford hospital. Local people can be reassured that local commissioners would need to be satisfied that there is sufficient capacity available elsewhere before moving services. In parallel, I am asking NHS England to identify whether consultant-led obstetrics could be sustained at Mid Staffs in a safe way in the future. In doing this, NHS England will work with local commissioners as part of their wider review of the local health economy.
The TSAs’ report also identifies the funding required to support this model and I am satisfied that, in light of intervention from the NHS Commissioning Board (also known as NHS England) in the form of time limited funding, and a commitment from commissioners to deliver further savings during and following implementation, the recommended clinical model is affordable in the medium term and, subject to the actions of local commissioners, can be a financially sustainable one. My Rt. Hon friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has expressed his support for my acceptance of the proposals.
On this basis I am content for the proposals to proceed to implementation. I would like to emphasise the critical role commissioners have in this process, and in particular their commissioning freedom to build upon the TSAs’ recommendations, such as in maternity, where they consider this is to be sustainable and in the interests of patients. Local commissioners will also oversee and monitor local service changes as part of their on-going commissioning responsibilities, including, where going beyond the recommendations, undertaking further public engagement where appropriate.
I therefore ask that local commissioners, local providers and all other local organisations work together during the coming months and years to implement the proposed changes, with appropriate involvement from NHS England and other national bodies, in order to secure the high quality services that the people of Mid Staffordshire deserve.
Stafford GP's DONT SHOW support for the CCG's position with the TSA Plan
(71 out of 98) 81% of GP's said No or Chose Not to return their prepaid Ballot paper to the MP and Council.
For Cannock only 10 out of 77 - 13% Support the plans.
Press Release from Support Stafford Hospital
Of the 98 GPs in Stafford and Surrounds, only 19 responded in support of the downgrading of acute services at Stafford Hospital and proposed changes to Cannock Hospital. Of the 77 GPs represented by Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group, only 10 responded supporting the Trust Special Administrators' recommendations.
It is very concerning that only 19% of Stafford GPs and only 13% of Cannock GPs chose to support their CCGs' official position on the matter.
What is even more concerning is our understanding that the Local Medical Committee, which represents individual GPs, actively advised its GP membership to consider not responding to the ballot.
If the CCGs truly represent the views of their local GPs, why was this necessary?
Could it be that the CCGs do not accurately reflect the views of their membership when it comes to the future of Stafford and Cannock Hospitals?
Until the CCGs can clearly demonstrate, with supported evidence, that they fully represent the views of the membership, we do not believe the Secretary of State for Health can legally approve the recommendations within the framework of the tests that need to be met before any reconfiguration can proceed.
STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy said he was disappointed after doctors snubbed a vote on plans for Stafford Hospital. Just over a quarter of the borough's doctors...
Support Stafford Hospital meet the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.
Good to meet and hear @AndyBurnhamMP supporting district general hospitals providing acute care.
In a low key visit to the Health Faculty on Blackheath Lane, Labour’s Andy Burnham MP, has pledged to continue backing the Support Stafford Hospital campaign.
The Shadow Health Secretary was visiting students and staff at the faculty’s facilities, and addressing members of the SSH ( Support Stafford Hospital ) campaign group about the hospital’s plight.
As he spoke with the media, Mr.Burnham told Stafford FM, “I don’t believe what the government have placed on the table is good enough.” He went on to say, “Stafford people deserve so much more. When you look at the town geographically, Stafford warrants it’s own services.”
Open Meeting with the CCG Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Jan 2014
AN OPEN LETTER TO JEREMY HUNT Secretary of State - Click Here
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER - Click Here
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE STAFFORD & SURROUNDS CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (CCG)AND THE 14 GP PRACTICES IT REPRESENTS. - Click Here
Debate in Parliament on the TSA Report
Debate in Parliament transcript Click here
Support Stafford Hospital go to Downing Street
We met with Nick Seddon the Prime Ministers Health Advisor to raise the concerns of our Community.
Support Stafford Hospital: 'remember the 50,000 people who took to the streets'
Campaign group Support Stafford Hospital are calling on local medical teams to make decisions reflecting the needs of the local community. They stress that today's announcements are recommendations.
Jeremy Lefroy MP pays tribute to Stafford Hospital campaigners but says fight is not over
We will 'exhaust every avenue' in fight to retain acute services,...
TSA Publishes Final Report Wed 18th Dec 2013
Final report documents
Volume one – Main report sets out the TSAs’ final recommendations.
Volume two (Parts A – E) – The consultation on the TSAs’ draft recommendations
Main Changes to the draft report are
- Level 3 Critical Care Unit to look after patients in Stafford Hospital run to National Standards
- Paediatric Assessment Unit in A&E - PAEDIATRICS REMOVED
- Midwife led maternity MLU service - OBSTERICS REMOVED
However many Other Questions are being rasied about the makeup of Surgical Services, trauma, and minor surgery to which we need answers.
The process is probably to take at least until October 2014 to merge Stafford with UHNS
and Cannock Hospital with Wolverhampton.
then we are told a three year process to reconfigure the services on all sites.
Supporting Documents are available below.
Part A contains
- An overview of the consultation process
- A copy of the consultation document
- Copies of all Frequently Asked Questions published by the TSAs with respect to the consultation
Part B contains responses from National Bodies, Royal Colleges and Professional Bodies, NHS Commissioners, NHS Providers, Independent Providers, Politicians and Local Authorities and Councillors
Part C contains responses from Local Authorities and Councillors (continued), Unions, Education and Staff
Part D contains responses from Staff (continued), MSFT Governors, Patient Groups, Community Groups and Other Stakeholders.
Part E contains
- An unedited copy of the Ipsos MORI report summarising all consultation responses
- The TSAs’ response to the consultation feedback
Report Stage..The Final report as it goes to the Secretary of State who has to make a decision before the 22nd february 2014
SSH Events - See Events page
Silent Auction 16th - 7th December 2013 - FNISHED - Click here for the Winners.
Latest CCG Meeting with the public - News page
Stafford Hospital campaigners aim to boost 'fighting fund' with community events
Written byRobin Scott Read more:
Administrators go into Overtime to reach financial agreement over plans for Stafford Hospital !
In a statement issued today, Monitor said it had laid an order in Parliament extending administrators’ time from 15-55 days, to secure an agreement over future funding arrangements between local commissioners, NHS England, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the NHS Trust Development Authority.
12th October 2013 March for Children - Thank You's
Jeremy Lefroy MP Alternative Proposal
Click Here to read the Proposal from Jeremy Lefroy.
CCG response to Consultation
Click here for the CCG response
the Cannock Chase CCG have submitted a similar response.
UHNS response is available here
Support Stafford Hospital MARCH on MANCHESTER
The campaign group has not rested on its laurels and rose early the next day to travel to Manchester to join the North West TUC's Save Our NHS rally to tell other NHS campaigners what was happening in Stafford.
They met Andy Burnham
"I don't think everyone else realises what's coming to them," she said. "If they realised they would all be standing up with us, because it's going to be their hospital next.
"We're not giving up," said Mrs Porter. "We're not walking away from this because if we do they have won and they can't win because this is our hospital and this is our NHS. We have got to stay strong."See more on the March later..
Thank You All For Marching
Click On Picture Above To See More. Or Click Here To See More March Photos
David Cameron on BBCRadio Stoke Wants Services to Stay Local !
News Report from CCG meeting with the Public
New Summary Presentation on Paediatric services - Click Here
(powerpoint presentation with music)
Health Secretary will ask Monitor to ensure 50,000 Stafford people's voices are heard
SECRETARY of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will request Monitor ensure the views of 50,000 Stafford people are taken into account when the final decision is made about the future of the county town’s hospital. Full Story Here
Stafford Hospital plans 'on weak foundations', says council report
Plans to downgrade services at Stafford Hospital are "poorly judged" and "based on weak foundations", a report for Stafford Borough Council has said.
Trust Special Administrators (TSA) have said Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust should be dissolved, with some of its services being taken on by nearby hospitals.
Research by consultants Durrow for the council claims the TSA had not properly considered the plans' costs.
The TSA said all responses will be considered for a final recommendation.
Council Durrow report Available here (within Agenda after TSA report section)
Public Consultation -All Meetings now Finished
A senior health boss described as ‘truly unbelievable’ the support given to stricken Stafford Hospital, which is fighting to keep its acute services.
Maggie Oldham, chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, thanked staff and campaigners for the commitment and confidence they had shown in the work of the trust.
“It has meant an awful lot to us and we thank you for your continuing trust in us. It is very much appreciated,” she told the Annual Members Meeting held at Stafford Hospital.
Consultation Response Form - Please Fill one in.
Members of the public are encouraged to have their say by attending one of the public meetings and by completing the consultation response form . - Available
from the Campaign Shop in the Guildhall Stafford.
From Libraries and GP Surgeries
Stafford six-year-old writes to The Queen to plead for hospital services that saved her life
A SIX-YEAR-OLD Stafford girl who has to use a wheelchair because of a rare genetic disorder she suffers has written to the Queen to ask for her help to save services at Stafford Hospital.
Stafford Hospital Maternity recommendations show 'complete disregard' for local women, says leading midwife
Thank You for Attending the public meetings so far
PUBLIC MEETING 7th August 2013
- You were There!
1500+ showed their Support at the
Stafford Responds to the TSA
Tsa Response Form Click Here
What does the Draft Proposal Say ?
The Proposal released today contains the blueprint for how the Hospital services and structure will look if the Secretary of State agrees it.
The overall view is:
for each individual service the effects are below: Full Service Review - Click here
Accident and Emergency -Staying as is - NOT 24hrs
Closed at Night 30% More Patients to be sent elsewhere
General Medicine - Staying
Without Intensive Care it will likely be much more limited.
Elective Surgery - Certain procedures only - No Detail given
Emergency Surgery - Removed from Theatres
Perhaps some minor work in the A&E e.g. abscess drainage
Maternity Unit- REMOVED
Clinic visits only
Paediatrics In-Patients- REMOVED No Paediatricians !
Assessment Unit Assessment by Nurse Only - great concern over what this will mean.
Day Case Surgery -yet to be clarified if this can work or not
New Summary Presentation on Paediatric services - Click Here
(powerpoint presentation with music)
Critical Care - Intensive Care REMOVED
HDU to remain but concern over how this can work
Trauma- REMOVED in all but minor cases
Planned Orthopaedic Operations- Staying
Gynaecology - Staying
Haematology - Staying - TSA yet to give any detail if it is to be reduced
Endoscopy - Staying
Health Care of the Elderly - Staying
ENT - Staying Day Case ?? all Childrens ENT will be removed.
Don't be Mislead by the TSA Document- This seems to be the reality:
90% of patients will be seen as before - Rubbish ! Most visits are Outpatients Clinic Visits. Most procedures will be done elsewhere.
Zero Percent of Maternity Unit care!
Zero Percent of Emergency Surgical Theatre Care!
Zero Percent of Intensive Care!
No Paediatric Doctors or Inpatients!
There is a lot of confusion contained in the documents and only through consultation will it be clear as to what is actually proposed.
The "Devil is in the Detail" as they say and WHERE IS THE DETAIL ?
Our Services are under Threat
- Have Your Say -
Services at Risk
A Description of the Current Services and what might be affected by the TSA's Plans - Click here
Starting the Consultation debates...
RCN Press Release
Public march 20th April 2013
50,000 have Marched for Acute Services.
Now let each and every one of us write to the Administrators and the Prime Minister to tell them why we marched and why we want to retain Acute Services at Stafford Hospital.
Send them your Pictures of the Rally and Thoughts,
Tell them why Stafford needs Acute Services
(if it doest work then use
in your email software)
Message to the Administrator and CCG
Listen to the People!
It's the single most spectacular turnout I have ever seen at a public demonstration in my political life in terms of anything of this kind of importance,”
-Mr Bill Cash MP link
We think this is
The Biggest Demonstration
Stafford has ever Seen
We think this is the
held for a
Single Hospital in the NHS
Twice the size of Lewishams recent Demo /Five times the size of Kidderminister Hospital demonstration.
it took 5 Videos to observe the People walking out of town to the hospital !! Click Here