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MP meets Prime Minister to discuss fears over fate of troubled hospital

Sunday 28th April 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)
MP meets Prime Minister to discuss fears over fate of troubled hospital

BURTON’S MP has met the Prime Minister to discuss the potential effect on Burton’s Queen’s Hospital should key services be withdrawn from its scandal-hit Stafford counterpart.

Andrew Griffiths and five fellow Staffordshire MPs met David Cameron days after the trust running Stafford Hospital was put into administration by Monitor, the health regulator.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is now being run by two administrators, one of whom helped write a report which recommended closing Stafford’s maternity and intensive care units, as well as its accident and emergency department.

Mr Griffiths and his fellow Staffordshire MPs met the Prime Minister to share their concerns about the potential effect on hospital services in their constituencies should the recommendations of this report, completed in February, be implemented.

Mr Griffiths said: “The point we were trying to impress on him is that any movement made with respect to Stafford and the acute services will have a knock-on effect in the rest of the county.

“Already we are seeing small numbers of accident and emergency patients arriving at Queen’s when previously they have gone to Stafford.”

He said Mr Cameron ‘understood’ the MPs’ fears, raised after a public inquiry into ‘appalling standards’ of care at Stafford which saw between 400 and 1,200 patients die.

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