Anger at suggestion health care facilities could be removed from Leek hospital

ANGER has been expressed at a suggestion that could lead to health services at Leek Moorlands Hospital being re-located to Stoke-on-Trent more than 10 miles away.

An NHS document has revealed the district’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking at the possibility of removing of up to 10 current services from the hospital and transferring them to the care of the University Hospital of North Midlands Group.

These services include neurology, ear, nose and throat, gynaecology and ophthalmology.

Leek Hospital Action Group chairman Pam Wood has responded by accusing NHS bosses of “ripping the hospital apart before any public consultation has taken place”.

She said: “They have taken beds out of the hospital before consultation and now they are looking at taking services to Stoke-on-Trent. Trying to remove the services has come out of the blue”

Mrs Wood, a former nurse at the hospital, pictured, has accused the body of “outrageous behaviour” in pressing for a decision before August 13, “before the start of any formal consultation.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader Sybil Ralphs MBE, who has pledged her support to the Leek Hospital Action Group, is of the opinion there is nothing sinister in the CCG document

She said: “This is just a series of questions about the clinics and is part of the consultation. I am continuing to fight strongly to retain the Moorlands Hospital site.”

Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative MP Karen Bradley said: “I have been assured no decisions have been made.”

The Leek Hospital Action Group has called a special meeting at Leek Town Council, in Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, on Tuesday, September 4, at 7.15pm, to discuss the threat to local health care facilities.