A public inquiry was triggered at Stafford Hospital after a higher than expected number of deaths at the trust.
The trust that ran the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital should be dissolved, administrators have recommended.
The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust went into administration on 16 April after a report concluded it was not “clinically or financially sustainable”.
Critical care, maternity and paediatric services should also be cut, the proposals unveiled by Trust Special Administrators (TSA) say.
The trust’s two hospitals would come under two other trusts.
Stafford Hospital will be part of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent while Cannock Hospital will become part of the Royal Wolverhampton Trust.
The proposals include:
- Stafford Hospital losing its maternity unit but keeping its accident and emergency department, which will continue to open from 08:00 to 22:00, as it has since December 2011
- Downgrading Stafford’s critical care unit and losing some emergency surgery
- No longer admitting seriously ill children to Stafford. They will instead go to Stoke-on-Trent
- Both Cannock and Stafford hospitals will gain some minor operations and more patients will be sent to those hospitals to recover from complicated surgery
- Introducing a “Frail Elderly Assessment service”, which would mean different sources providing information on older people’s needs when they are referred to hospital
The proposals will now go to a public consultation, which will end on 1 October.