Plans to reduce community is beds off the agenda while NHS England review plans

Plans to reduce community beds at hospitals in North Staffordshire in favour of care at home are on hold.

The closure of two wards at Cheadle Hospital last week was the start of the process to introduce the 'My Care My Way – Home First' model of care, which health bosses say improves outcomes for patients.

This was despite campaigners, MPs and patients objecting to the closure

A meeting of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups tomorrow was due to discuss plans for community beds and services.

But now NHS England have sought assurance on the CCGs plans, and will review them over the next few weeks.

The CCGs say they welcome the move, and will wait for the outcome before the matter is discussed again with board members.

The new agenda for tomorrow's meeting states: "As has previously been communicated, we wish to reiterate that none of the community hospitals are currently planned for closure and other services provided at the hospitals will continue unaffected.

"Furthermore, that decisions about the future of the community hospitals in North Staffordshire would be subject to formal consultation. 

"We are only too aware that our plans have created concern in local communities and the staff affected. There has also been significant media interest which is also being proactively responded to. We are fully committed to explaining and discussing our plans, listening to concerns and answering questions from our public and other stakeholders.

"To this effect, further consultation is planned in the coming weeks, the details of which will be published shortly."



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