Dr Alison Bradley and Dr Ruth Chambers OBE

Clinical Chairs of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical
Commissioning Groups
One Smithfield
Leonard Coates Way
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4FA
15th October, 2016

Dear Dr Bradley and Dr Chambers
Re. Local Community Hospitals and NHS Cuts
I am writing to you to express my concerns about the closure of wards at
Bradwell hospital and other local community hospitals and the way these
are being carried out.
I am not alone in my concerns, as I understand that the University
Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust - which runs our main Royal Stoke
University Hospital - has objected to the ‘unrealistic timetable’ of closures
on the grounds of patient safety.
I also see that it is not convinced that alternative care of comparable
quality is available in nursing homes locally, nor has been commissioned
sufficiently by the CCGs or Social Services for patients, when it is needed
at home after they leave hospital.
I see, too, that local Members of Parliament, Councillors and local
authorities share these concerns - which extend, too, to the effects of cuts
in our local Better Care Funds.
I would be grateful, therefore, if you would think again and not just reject
these concerns.
I further understand that the decision to close the three wards at Bradwell
hospital in such a rush was taken behind closed doors at the CCGs’ joint
board meeting this month and that you followed instructions from the
Government’s NHS England not to discuss this in public.
By doing so, the CCGs clearly failed to be open and transparent and I and many others -believe that you have let down our local communities
and NHS. In replying, I would be grateful for an explanation as to why you
have adopted this course.
Regarding the future, I would be grateful to know your intentions
regarding the wards and admissions at the Haywood and Leek Moorlands
hospitals. And finally, I would be obliged if you would let me know which
nursing homes you have commissioned to admit patients and what

account you have taken of assessments by the Care Quality Commission
in doing so.
Many thanks and yours sincerely