“Any suggestion that there has been consideration given to the closure of Stafford hospital is false and irresponsible.
“Not only were the Trust Special Administrator recommendations to see the County Hospital remain as a district general hospital with an A&E accepted by the Secretary of State for Health, over £250m to implement those recommendations and support the transformation of services at the North Midland NHS Trust is available – the largest such investment programme currently being undertaken within the NHS in England.
“Any suggestion that local MPs who were shown in confidence a draft KPMG report including Stafford’s MP Jeremy Lefroy, were somehow covering up a plan to downgrade or close Stafford is complete nonsense. It was quite clear that the suggestions for the County Hospital were wholly unacceptable and the plans for investment continue.
“Local health leaders and NHS staff in and around Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have worked incredibly hard over the last period to ensure that the recommendations of the Trust Special Administrator are being delivered – helping to ensure that County Hospital will continue to provide care well into the future.”