Leading doctors in Cannock Chase are urging the public to offer their thoughts on plans to operate reduced hours at the Minor Injuries Unit at Cannock Hospital.
Members of Staffordshire County Council's Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee today (August 11) recommended Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) undertake a four-week public consultation on the plans.
The scrutiny committee have been reviewing the proposals in detail since they were submitted as part of the CCG's operational plans for 2014/15 – 2015/16 on 9 June 2014.
The Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee met with members of the CCG and Cannock-based GPs on 24 July, who presented four options for reconfiguration of the current service – with a description which included the benefits, risks and costs of each – which were discussed in detail.
The preferred option – on the basis of thorough analysis of the data – is for the MIU to operate reduced hours with support from primary care.
Chief Officer of Cannock Chase CCG, Andy Donald, said: "It is important to acknowledge that the need to look at alternative arrangements for Cannock Hospital's MIU is nothing to do with the current service provided by the staff of that unit.
"The team at the MIU do an exceptional job," he said. "However, it became clear to us that the service was not being used as it was first envisaged.
"We are determined to work with staff to deliver a vibrant and efficient service, that offers the people of Cannock Chase the care they are deserve, under any new arrangements.
"In accordance with the recommendations of the Staffordshire County Council's Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee to conduct a four-week consultation with the public over the proposals, the CCG will now produce a full consultation document, outlining the background and context to the proposal, and the ways in which local people and other stakeholders can feed back their views."
The public consultation is set to take place between September 1 and September 28 and more information about ways in which the public can participate will be made available over the coming weeks.