Joint Statement from Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups

A spokesman speaking on behalf of Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups said: "There is absolutely no truth to the suggestion any consideration has been given to closing County Hospital in Stafford.

"The recommendations of the Trust Special Administrators were accepted by the Secretary of State for Health were that County Hospital remain as a district general hospital with an accident and emergency department.

"Additionally we have just seen an unprecedented £250m investment to support the implementation of those recommendations.
"The fact that this investment has been made and that accident and emergency services remain at County Hospital is proof positive the suggestions in the KPMG report commissioned by NHS England, Monitor and the Trust Development Authority regarding closing County Hospital, were not accepted.

"We are exceptionally proud of the hard work of NHS staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent especially during recent times, and the fact that organisations across the region have come together to ensure the TSA's recommendations are implemented effectively and safely, and that the County Hospital has a bright and positive future serving the people of the county town of Stafford and beyond.

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