Leek Hospital campaigners take their fight to NHS independent advisory body

COMMUNITY leaders are calling on the support of Lord Bernard Riberio, chairman of the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel ( IRP), in their fight to save Leek Hospital.

The IRP is an independent advisory body, sponsored by the Department of Health, which reviews proposals to changes to NHS services that are being contested and advises the Secretary for Health and Social Care.

A working group by Leek Town Council has sent a document  to Lord Riberio (pictured), a distinguished surgeon, outlining why the town’s hospital  services and its 37 community beds should be retained.

Copies of the document have also been sent to Karen Bradbury, Staffordshire Moorlands MP and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Coun Sybil Ralphs MBE, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The document expresses concerns about the failure of the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to carry out a proper public consultation.

It states: “The CCG has not responded effectively to the issues raised with them, have not made the case for change, and have not consulted about changes to services.”

Lord Riberio is being asked to refer the matter to the Secretary of State for Health.