There are current instances of little or no ambulance cover for Stafford and the surrounding rural areas, which will leave patients stranded and unable to be speedily transferred to the Royal Stoke Hospital.
We are therefore calling for an urgent re-evaluation and risk impact assessment into the downgrading of Stafford's A&E and the transfer of maternity and paediatric services to Stoke.
It's also clear that the Royal Stoke University Hospital lacks the capacity to deal with patients who are transferred from Stafford, with sick people left to wait on trolleys for long periods, in one case an elderly gentleman waited up to 30 hours in A&E.
Recent performance data shows that the Royal Stoke is one of the worst performing hospitals for ambulance delays with waiting times reaching 58 minutes. In addition we have examples where ambulances were either delayed at hospitals or transferring patients to other hospitals resulting in no ambulance cover in Stafford and its surrounding rural areas.
The risks associated with continuing plans to downgrade Stafford County Hospital A&E and transfer maternity and paediatrics is unacceptable. It will put people’s lives at unnecessary risk further adding to the burden of failing existing emergency services."