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Prime Minister to hear concerns over impact of Stafford Hospital crisis

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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BURTON’S MP will meet with Prime Minister David Cameron over concerns the impact crisis-hit Stafford Hospital is having on the town.

Andrew Griffiths has demanded answers having been left frustrated by a lack of communication by administrators seeking to bring the Stafford unit under control.

The Tory MP is keen discover to what extent Burton’s Queen’s Hospital will be affected after the Mid Staffordshire Trust was dissolved earlier this year.

Mr Cameron has agreed to meet with Staffordshire MPs to hear their concerns and discuss the best way forward for health services in the county.

The Mail reported in March Mr Griffiths’ stinging criticism of the team of specialists which have been drafted in to steer the ship in Stafford after letters sent from Queen’s received no reply.

Speaking to the Mail yesterday, Mr Griffiths said the situation had not improved.

He said: “That is one of the issues I will be raising with the Prime Minister. There has been a lack of involvement and co-ordination with Queen’s Hospital to the frustration of myself and everybody at Queen’s.

“There needs to be a joined up system to allow interaction between all of us.”

Mr Cameron could be set for a grilling from the Staffordshire politicians on the issue.

The delay of a review on whether to keep maternity services in Stafford has rankled with some MPs.

Mr Griffiths said political allegiances among the county’s MPs had been put to one side while they seek to find a solution.

“Although there are Labour and Conservative MPs in Staffordshire we often work together on issues that affect the people we represent,” he said.

“There is no doubt the problems faced in Stafford have an impact on Queen’s Hospital. I also have constituents in Uttoxeter who naturally use Stafford Hospital as their first port of call.”

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