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Concern over impact of Mid Staffs Trust ruling

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

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BURTON’S MP has requested a meeting with the Health Secretary in a bid to discover the full scale of the impact the town’s Queen’s Hospital can expect to feel after the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust was dissolved

Bosses at Queen’s Hospital said they expect the increase in patient numbers to be minimal after Jeremy Hunt agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit trust, meaning others in the region will have to take on a shared responsibilty for its hospitals.

But MP Andrew Griffiths said he wanted to ‘seek reassurances’ for himself, and is hoping to meet with Mr Hunt in the near future.

The demise of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust signals the end of the scandal which erupted after it was accused of causing unnecessary suffering of hundreds of patients.

Its two hospitals, in Stafford and Cannock, will remain open, but some services could be transferred elsewhere.

Concerns that added pressure would be added to the Belvedere Road site were aired following proposals to downgrade Stafford Hospital’s maternity unit.

But in the wake of Mr Hunt’s decision, Helen Ashley, chief executive of the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The trust has worked closely with other local providers and the office of the Trust Special Administrator to understand the impact of potential changes at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

“We expect that the impact of the changes would be only a small increase on the number of patients treated here.”

Burton’s Queen’s Hospital is seeking to emerge from a crisis of its own after being placed into special measures last year, and Mr Griffiths said he was wary added pressures could hamper that goal.

He told the Mail: “There was no doubt that things couldn’t continue as they were but my concern is to make sure it doesn’t impact on healthcare provision in Burton and increase the burden on Queen’s Hospital as a result.

“I have requested a meeting with Jeremy Hunt to seek assurances from him and will do all I can to make sure Burton isn’t affected.”

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