The RCN is supporting members who will be affected, primarily through our West Midlands regional office. Just as in South London Healthcare Trust we are also closely monitoring the application of the unsustainable regime as more Trusts could fail in the future given the tough environment in the NHS and the economy more generally.
The RCN was represented on the MSFT Nurse Clinical Advisory Group, which was established to comment on the clinical safety of the models of services presented to it and also on the implications for the recruitment, retention and professional development of staff.
The RCN wrote to the TSA before the consultation started. We raised concerns about how promptly patients would be able to access urgent, critical and emergency care if these services were provided farther away from the Stafford Hospital site. Mindful of the pressures on emergency care and acute beds, the RCN, in its letter, also sought an assurance that there will be sufficient capacity in acute and community settings elsewhere in the area to cope with any displacement from Stafford.