THE FUTURE of health services in the Moorlands is set to be decided upon this week – a decision which involves Cheadle Hospital. NHS Clinical Commissioners are set to make a decision on the ‘Future of Local Health Services’ in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at a public meeting to be held in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are holding the Extra-Ordinary Governing Body Meeting from 2pm until 5pm on Tuesday, January 21 at the Moat House Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent.
The CCGs will be considering the ‘Decision-Making Business Case’ (DMBC) which has been developed to help the decision-making process.
A spokesman for the CCGs said: “The DMBC has been created since the CCGs met in June 2019 to consider feedback from the 14-week public consultation that was held between December 2018 and March 2019.
“Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting but are asked to register in advance as places are limited.”
According to a CCG spokesman the papers for the meeting – which outline the options to be decided upon – were set to be posted yesterday on the Governing Body Meetings pages of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs at www.stokeccg.nhs.uk/your-ccg-stoke/board-meetings, although they had not been uploaded at the time when the Times & Echo went to press.
Previously, in early 2019, we reported that the consultation over the future of local health services encompassed a huge swathe of North Staffordshire, but that the main proposals for the Staffordshire Moorlands could be the creation of an integrated care hub based either at Moorlands Hospital in Leek, at a new building on the site of the Moorlands Hospital, at Cheadle Hospital or at Kniveden in Leek.
Town councillor Ron Locker, a member of the Cheadle Hospital Action Group, said he hopes the decision is made to use Cheadle Hospital for the new care hub.
He said: “I would hope the decision is going to be made now so that the building can be used as a sensible hub, for care in particular.
“We are very low on care in Cheadle – rehabilitation is what I would like to see.
“I think Cheadle’s hospital site has got more opportunities than the one in Leek – and we have a purpose built building which was only built in 1969.
“I hope that the CCG members see that the opportunity is so good at the Cheadle site and that it will be of benefit to Cheadle and the wider district.”
Cllr Locker added: “What I don’t want to see is Cheadle Hospital being closed. I envisage a stampede of objections if that is decided upon.
“We have lost too much in Cheadle – this is an opportunity to right some of the wrongs.”
Anyone wishing to attend the meeting is required to call 01782 298002 or complete this registration form at http://bit.ly/FutureLocalHealth, to book a place.
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