10. Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent

What concerns have been raised about your STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting the large deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

The closure of one of the three A&E departments in the county, with the A&E at Stafford Hospital most likely to close to be replaced with a 24 hour urgent care centre.

Closure of community hospitals. 168 beds have been closed at Cheadle, Bradwell, Longton and Haywood community hospitals, with their long term future in doubt.

Possible closure of Leek Moorlands hospital; there is an active campaign to save the hospital from closure.

Reconfiguration of minor injuries units is planned with 75% of the activity transferred to the community and 25% to local A&E.

Extra cost-saving

In official documents leaked to the HSJ and reported by the Independent, extra cost-cutting measures required by the Staffordshire area could include:

  • Longer waiting times for elective care,
  • Closure of wards and theatres
  • Staffing cuts
  • Ending funding for some treatments and prescriptions
  • Delaying or avoiding funding newly approved treatments

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