Statement on the County Hospital

A spokesperson for the TDA said: “Any suggestion that there has been consideration given to the closure of Stafford Hospital is false and irresponsible.

“Not only were the Trust Special Administrator recommendations to see the County Hospital remain as a district general hospital with an A&E accepted by the Secretary of State for Health, the Government has also made available over £250m to implement those recommendations and support the transformation of services at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – the largest such investment programme currently being undertaken within the NHS in England.

“The KPMG report into the Staffordshire health economy which was leaked last week was commissioned by NHS England. Its suggestions for the future of the County Hospital were not accepted by the Government as is evidenced by the retention of A&E and acute services and the investment being made in these services.

“Any suggestion that local MPs who were shown in confidence the draft KPMG report commissioned by NHS England, including Stafford’s MP Jeremy Lefroy, were somehow covering up a plan to downgrade or close Stafford is complete nonsense. It was quite clear that their suggestions for the County Hospital were wholly unacceptable and the plans for investment and retention of A&E and acute services continue as normal.

“Local health leaders and NHS staff in and around Staffordshire and Stoke have worked incredibly hard over the last period to ensure that the recommendations of the Trust Special Administrator are being delivered – helping to ensure that County Hospital will continue to provide care well into the future.”

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