The hard working health professionals and staff should be applauded for the significant progress that Stafford Hospital has made in recent times, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 31 July).
Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, was commenting on today’s announcement that the scandal-hit hospital trust should be dissolved.
Unite national officer for health Barrie Brown said: “The hard work of the health professionals and staff has greatly contributed to the substantial progress that the hospital has made.
“It is due to their efforts that it looks likely that many of the services for the local population will remain based at Stafford.
“One note of caution is the possible impact on neighbouring trusts at Wolverhampton and Stoke which may have to pick-up some of Stafford’s services, such as neonatal services and paediatric inpatient services.
“If there are adverse financial implications for these trusts, health secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England will need to step in to provide the necessary assistance.
“It is good that there will be a public consultation on the proposed changes and we urge the public to make their voice heard so that Stafford Hospital can continue its upward trajectory.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.