Chase MP Aidan Burley has today urged Mid Staffordshire Trust to put on hold any decision to temporarily close Stafford Accident and Emergency Department.
The Trust Board is due to meet on 10 November to decide whether a closure of the A&E department is necessary between the hours of 10pm and 6am to deal with staffing shortages.
Aidan has called on Trust Chief Executive Ms Hill-Tout to postpone this meeting and instead asked that the Trust continue to work together with the Department for Health and other relevant bodies to find an alternative solution to closure.
In an open letter to Trust Chief Executive Lyn Hill-Tout, Aidan said that whilst he acknowledges the staffing problems at the Hospital, any closure would have a devastating impact on local people in Cannock Chase.
Commenting Aidan said: “The safety of local people in Cannock Chase is paramount in my role as their MP and it is my job to ensure that nothing is done to put their safety at risk. Whilst I accept the staffing problems the Trust have encountered, my constituents in Cannock Chase have already seen the removal of services from Cannock Hospital in recent years. I believe that closing the Accident and Emergency Department at Stafford Hospital, even for a temporary period, is a step too far.”
“A closure would mean that some of my constituents would have to make a 20 mile and 45 minute journey in order to find emergency healthcare. Therefore, we owe it to the local community to find a resolution to this problem without closing such a vital service, one that is literally a matter of life or death for my constituents.”
Information courtesy of Alex Simpson
Member since: 10th July 2012
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